What are the best books about the philosophy of art?

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    #1Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics

    Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
    Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics is a book written by German philosopher Georg Hegel. It was originally released in the 1820s. This Penguin Classics version is edited by Michael Inwood and is translated by Bernard Bosanquet.
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    Timothy Miller
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "An old book that helps you think about art. Very relevant to today's students of art as it was back when it was first published."
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    #2Art as Experience

    Art as Experience
    Art as Experience is a philosophical book written by John Dewey based on the author's lecture at Harvard in 1932. It was published posthumously in 2005. It discusses most art form, from architecture to visual art and literature.
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    Scott Richards
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I have found this to be a very difficult read, mainly because of how repetitive and wordy the writing is. The book has the reputation as a classic, but I find myself getting bored quickly and giving up on it."
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    #3The Sense of Beauty

    The Sense of Beauty

    The Sense of Beauty: Being the Outline of Aesthetic Theory is a philosophical book by George Santayana. It was originally published in 1896 and is considered as the brightest work on aesthetics since Plato.

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    Pamela Riley
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A very old book. It is most likely outdated and would be boring to me. However, for an art fan this might be a good read for them."
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    #4The Philosophy of Art

    The Philosophy of Art
    The Philosophy of Art is a philosophical book written by 19th-century German philosopher, George Hegel. It was published posthumously by his student, Heinrich Gustav Hotho in 1835.
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    Megan Thompson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It is a bit of an abstract subject. Some extra commentaries seem to have been added."
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    #5The Aesthetics of Music

    The Aesthetics of Music
    The Aesthetics of Music is a philosophical book written by Roger Scruton that attempts to break down the music and appreciate each and every fiber of the art form. It was originally published in July 1999. 
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    Marisol Hernández
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is an excellent book. Scruton does a wonderful job and has extensive knowledge of European music. I highly recommend it."
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    #6On Art and Artists

    On Art and Artists

    On Art and Artists: An Anthology of Diderot's Aesthetic Thought is a compilation of the art critic essays written by the Enlightenment philosopher and playwright Denis Diderot. This version is edited by John Glaus and Jean Seznec.

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    Rebecca Carter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is not cheap to own a physical copy of as it is very old. However, it is a very interesting read from an art critic of the time. The e-reader version is much more affordable."
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    #7An Essay on the Beautiful

    An Essay on the Beautiful

    An Essay on the Beautiful is a compilation of essays and writings about aesthetics written by ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus and some works by Enlightenment philosopher Taylor Thomas.

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    Reyna Velasco
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This a beautiful and inspiring book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the writings of this Greek philosopher and understanding more about his way of thinking. The book is small but powerful."
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    #8Theory of Colours

    Theory of Colours

    Theory of Colours is a non-fiction book about art and design written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was first published in 1810. 

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    Keith Wells
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you're interested in art and specifically theories behind colours and how they come together in a particular work. I wonder if many readers will be turned off or at least find difficulty in how involved and scientific much of the explanation is, but those who are very interested in color and its relation to aesthetics will find a lot to enjoy and learn from. It's a very knowledge-laden work. "
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    #9The Power of Art

    The Power of Art

    The Power of Art is a beautiful book written by Simon Schama that tells the evolution of eight famous masterpieces. The text also includes amazing pictures of these work of arts.


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    Marcos Peña
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "a refreshing take of the backdrop of art and the general philosophy it represents. gives a whole new outlook and perspective."
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    #10Art on My Mind

    Art on My Mind

    Art on My Mind: Visual Politics is a critic book written by bell hooks, whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. It was first published in 1995. It is about how contemporary art and politics affect the African American population.

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    Robert Powell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Bell Hooks' 'Art on My Mind' is an interesting look at how art can influence African-American culture and identity, and vice-versa. The book is highly engaging and a great read for anybody interested in ideas of social identity and how art is created to reflect while simultaneously shaping different views."
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    #11Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder

    Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder
    Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder is a non-fiction philosophy book edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin. Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder was published on March 30, 2010 by Open Court.
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    James Evans
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is absolutely beautiful, there is no questioning that. However, with that being said, it's a niche audience this is appealing to."

Summary

Best What are the best books about the philosophy of art
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Introductory Lectures on AestheticsBooks 30 Paid
2Art as ExperienceBooks 26 Paid
3The Sense of BeautyBooks 25 Paid
4The Philosophy of ArtBooks 23 Paid
5The Aesthetics of MusicBooks 22 Paid
6On Art and ArtistsBooks 21 Paid
7An Essay on the BeautifulBooks 19 Paid
8Theory of Colours Books 12 Paid
9The Power of ArtBooks 0 Paid
10Art on My MindBooks 0 Paid
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