Preface ; 1. What is distinctive about the aesthetic? ; 2. Why is it important to recognize objects as art? ; 3. Art as a vehicle for expression, creativity and freedom ; 4. Is it ever possible to understand a work of art? ; 5. Why is it important to respond emotionally to art? ; 6. Are evaluations of art objective? ; Notes ; Further Reading ; Biographical Details ; Index
Susan L. Feagin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, specializing in aesthetics. She has been on the board of trustees for the American Society for Aesthetics, and president of the Central States Philosophical Association in 1996. Contributor to the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The British Journal of Aesthetics, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophical Studies, and The American Philosophical Quarterly. Patrick Maynard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches aesthetics and the history of philosophy at all levels. He is guest editor for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Contributor to the TLS, LRB, and Current Anthropology.