Philosophy of art, or aesthetics, is the branch of philosophy examining the nature of art and of the experience of art. Art, in this context, is broadly conceived as including the visual arts, literature, poetry, music, and dance.
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18th Century French Aesthetics
Jacques Morizot's entry examines the French junction between Enlightenment ideals and the teachings of taste. From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Philosophical theories about judgments of taste; from the Stanford Encyclopedia by Nick Zangwill.
Barry Hartley Slater gives an overview of this branch of philosophy explaining concepts such as sublime, representation, aesthetic value, and expression.From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Aesthetics of Symmetry
A numerical rating system to judge the visual impact and aesthetics of various motifs operated upon by symmetrical transformations.
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
University of Virginia exhibition site emphasizing the formal aesthetic aspects of the objects and the moral and religious ideas they express, beyond cultural boundaries.
Beauty in the Ear of the Beholder
An essay discussing Eduard Hanslick's theory of the musically beautiful, with links to further information and sound recordings.
Articles and teaching resources on aesthetics, visual art, fashion and the culture of beauty.
Class Home Page: Philosophy 361
Complete Philosophy of Art internet course at California State University, Long Beach. Includes e-texts and extensive links.
Contemporary Art Test
Criteria for determining quality in contemporary art. Links to Biddington's art business.
The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics
Stanley Bates reviews this book by Jane Bennett.From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
The End of Art
Discussion of "The Death of Art" theory at Frostburg State University Philosophical Forum.
The Infography - Aesthetics: Ethical Aspects
Sources for the study of the ethical aspects of aesthetics.
Overview of the most important aesthetic ideas that have arisen in the course of the Japanese philosophical tradition. From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
John Berger Quotes
Quotations from the writings of the Marxist/humanist art critic, artist and novelist.
Philosophy and Literature
Including ideas in the aesthetics of literature, philosophical interpretation of literature, and literary treatment of philosophy, hosted by Project MUSE.
Seven Discourses on Art by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Download the Project Gutenberg eBook of Seven Discourses on Art by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Based on the philosophic principles of Aesthetic Realism, founded by Eli Siegel. Located in SoHo, New York City.
Exploring virtual reality and the philosophy of art, with methodology, biography, and essays on virtuality.
Thomas Becker's Philosophy about Music
Composer, Thomas Becker's ideas about beauty and quality in music.
Transcendental Aesthetics and Writing
Aesthetics in transcendental literature, including Emerson and Thoreau.
The Transhistorical Image: Philosophizing Art and its History
Daniel Herwitz reviews this book by Paul Crowther. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Trevor Pateman's Selected Works
Topics in philosophical aesthetics including imagination, formalism, beauty and Rothko.
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