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SUFFERING ART GLADLY: THE PARADOX OF NEGATIVE EMOTION IN ART. Ed. by Jerrold Levinson. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2014. 288 pp. with 3 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780230349834 In English.
Publisher's description: Suffering Art Gladly is concerned with the ostensibly paradoxical phenomenon of negative emotions involved in the experience of art: how can we explain the pleasure felt or satisfaction taken in such experience when it is the vehicle of negative emotions, that is, ones that seem to be unpleasant or undesirable, and that one normally tries to avoid experiencing?... Suffering Art Gladly comprises essays of two kinds, though the division between them is not airtight. The first kind are essays with a primarily historical focus, examining the problem of negative emotion from art as treated by important figures in the history of aesthetic thought, including Aristotle, Hume, Diderot, Kant, and Schopenhauer. The second kind are essays with a primarily contemporary focus, in which the methods and tools of contemporary analytic philosophy are much in evidence... The individual essays are wide-ranging, dealing with a variety of artforms, negative emotions, and specific works of art, and the contributors, all recognized scholars in the field of aesthetics, are a mixture of junior and senior figures representing seven nationalities.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 156144
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