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The future of aesthetics : the 1996 Ryle lectures /
Francis Sparshott.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1998.
description
xii, 173 p.
ISBN
0802044263 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1998.
isbn
0802044263 :
general note
Based on the 1996 Ryle lectures, delivered at Trent University, Peterborough, Ont., on Mar. 11-14, 1996.
local note
Fisher Walsh copy: With dust jacket.
catalogue key
2226535
 
Gift; Michael Walsh; 2007; RB295146.
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-06:
This wise and witty book by an internationally respected professor (emeritus, Univ. of Toronto) is based on the 1996 Ryle lectures at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. In addition to important writings on aesthetics (The Structure of Aesthetics, 1963, The Theory of the Arts, CH Jan'83, Taking Life Seriously: A Study of the Argument of Nicomachean Ethics, CH Nov'94, and A Measured Pace: Toward a Philosophical Understanding of the Arts of Dance, 1995), Sparshott has also published several volumes of poetry. The Ryle lectures, reworked and enlarged, number only 98 pages and are embellished with 75 pages of notes, often as lively as the lectures themselves. The title is misleadingly narrow. While Sparshott articulates a three-fold structure of aesthetics and reveals its antecedents in ancient philosophy, he argues that unless philosophy itself has a future, aesthetics has no future. So he takes up philosophy and the necessary place of aesthetics in philosophy, the university as the context in which philosophical research occurs, and the future of civilization, the context in which the university, philosophy, and aesthetics function. This is a major statement on the nature and state of philosophy, the university, and civilization today. Clear and pleasurable to read, it represents important thinking about the present and future. Highly recommended; undergraduates and above. R. E. Palmer; MacMurray College
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Description for Reader
Widely admired as one of Canada's leading philosophers, Francis Sparshott is a major figure in postwar philosophical aesthetics. In this book he presents an annotated version of the text of the four 1996 Ryle Lectures that he gave at Trent University.Addressing the nature and prospects of aesthetics as a discipline, Sparshott discusses beauty, taste, and the place of imagination, fiction, and fine art in societies. He investigates the place of such a discipline in the broad social structures provided by universities and civilizations, and tackles many perennially interesting questions about education and the life of the mind.Written with wit and charm, the lectures journey through a vast terrain of references, yet wear their learning lightly. Sparshott's engaging style and humane vision will, as always, attract a wide and diverse readership.
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Widely admired as one of Canada's leading philosophers and aestheticians, Francis Sparshott is a major figure in post-war hilosophical aesthetics. This book presents and annotates the text of the four 1996 Ryle Lectures given by Sparshott at Trent University.Addressing the nature and prospects of aesthetics as a discipline, Sparshott discusses beauty, taste, and the place of imagination, fiction, and fine art in societies. He investigates the role of such a discipline in the broad social structures provided by universities and civilizations, and tackles many perennially interesting questions about education and the life of the mind.Written with wit and charm, the lectures journey through a vast terrain of references, yet wear their learning lightly. Sparhott's engaging style and humane vision will, as always, attract a wide and diverse readership.
Description for Reader
Widely admired as one of Canada's leading philosophers, Francis Sparshott is a major figure in postwar philosophical aesthetics. In this book he presents an annotated version of the text of the four 1996 Ryle Lectures that he gave at Trent University. Addressing the nature and prospects of aesthetics as a discipline, Sparshott discusses beauty, taste, and the place of imagination, fiction, and fine art in societies. He investigates the place of such a discipline in the broad social structures provided by universities and civilizations, and tackles many perennially interesting questions about education and the life of the mind. Written with wit and charm, the lectures journey through a vast terrain of references, yet wear their learning lightly. Sparshott's engaging style and humane vision will, as always, attract a wide and diverse readership.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductory Note
Aesthetics and the Future of Philosophyp. 3
The Power of Beautyp. 8
Philosophy and the Future of the Universityp. 17
The Map of Knowledgep. 27
The University and the Future of Civilizationp. 43
The Logic of Criticismp. 60
Civilization and the Future of Aestheticsp. 68
Afterwordp. 91
Notesp. 99
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