Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Criticism

Recommended Books


  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition, Lamarque, Peter and Stein Haugom Olsen (eds.), Blackwell, Oxford, 2004
  • Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 2nd edition, Neill, Alex and Aaron Ridley (eds.), Routledge, London, 2002
  • A Companion to Aesthetics, Cooper, David (ed.), Blackwell, Oxford, 1992
  • The Philosophy of Art: Readings Ancient and Modern, Neill, Alex, and Aaron Ridley, McGraw-Hill, London, 1995; also available online (Past Masters)
  • The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, Gaut, Berys and Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.), Routledge, London, 2001


  • Philosophy of Art: a Contemporary Introduction, Carroll, Noel, Routledge,      London, 1999
  • Values of Art, Budd, Malcolm, Penguin, London, 1995

Also check the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for the topics we discuss.

Tutorial Topics

  1. Representation
  2. Expression
  3. Formalism
  4. Aesthetic Properties and Experience
  5. Anti-Essentialism and the Institutional Theory
  6. The Ontology of Art
  7. Hume on the Standard of Taste
  8. Kant on Aesthetic Judgement

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