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Most people at some point have encountered a painting or a photo and thought, "That’s not art". But when pressed to explain what art is exactly, we quickly clam up. This thoughtful and well-crafted introduction to the world of aesthetics aims to help listeners with that question and many more. Performed by Andrea Powell with her customary sophisticated and engaging delivery, this audiobook looks at everything from Plato to Ringo Starr in an effort to help listeners understand some of the most central questions surrounding art and the philosophy of art.

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What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share MP3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction, Charles Taliaferro skilfully guides us through different theories of art and beauty, tackling issues such as who owns art and what happens when art and morality collide. From Plato on poetry to Ringo Starr on the drums, this is a perfect introduction for anyone interested in the fascinating questions art can raise.

©2011 Charles Taliaferro (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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GreatIntroduction to Aesthetics

If you could sum up Aesthetics: Bolinda Beginner Guides in three words, what would they be?

Clear, informative, accessible

Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Taliaferro? Why or why not?

Yes

What about Andrea Powell’s performance did you like?

Very good

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it did make me more aware of what areas of aesthetics are interesting to me and give me ideas of what i would like to look into more.

Any additional comments?

As an art student, I found this a very helpful introduction on the topic of aesthetics. It covers a broad range of artistic practices, painting, literature , film etc from both western and Asian context. Best of all it isn't full of the jargon and long incomprehensible words that has kept me from reading art literature in the past.

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