Evolution and culture -- Defining art -- Aesthetics and the philosophy of art -- Varieties of art -- Interpretation -- Expression and emotional responses -- Pictorial representation and the visual arts -- The value of art -- Index.
"In this text, Stephen Davies provides an incisive account of the core subjects and questions in contemporary philosophy of art. Topics include the interpretation of art: the relation between art, culture, and our evolutionary heritage; the expression and arousal of emotion through art; the challenges posed by varieties of art over time and across cultures; and provocative puzzles about the value of art." "Featuring full-color illustrations, examples, and questions for further reflection, The Philosophy of Art offers thoughtful discussion for anyone interested in the nature and appreciation of art."--BOOK JACKET.