Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (Hardback)
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Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 05/05/2005
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Looking at pictures, we see in them the scenes they depict, and any value they have springs from these experiences of seeing-in. Sight and Sensibility presents the first detailed and comprehensive theory of evaluating pictures. Dominic Lopes confronts the puzzle of how the value of seeing anything in a picture can exceed that of seeing it face to face - his solution pinpoints how seeing-in is like and unlike ordinary seeing. Moreover, since part of what we see in pictures is emotional expressions, his book also develops a theory of expression especially tailored to pictures. Not all evaluations of pictures as opportunities for seeing-in are aesthetic - others are cognitive or moral. Lopes argues that these evaluations interact, for some imply others. His argument entails novel conceptions of aesthetic and cognitive evaluation, such that aesthetic evaluation is distinguished from art evaluation as essentially tied to experience, and that cognitive evaluations assess cognitive capacities, including perceptual ones. Ultimately, Lopes defends images against the widespread criticism that they thwart serious thought, especially moral thought, because they merely replicate ordinary experience. He concludes by presenting detailed case studies of the contribution pictures can make to moral reflection. Sight and Sensibility will be essential reading for anyone working in aesthetics and art theory, and for all those intrigued by the power of images to affect our lives.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199277346
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 333 g
Dimensions: 211 x 142 x 18 mm


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Dominic Lopes's Sight and Sensibility contributes, with originality and sharp argumentation, to a growing interest, within contemporary aesthetics, for questions of value, but with respect to a domain - the aesthetic value of pictures - that has so far received less attention...there is no doubt that this book brings us closer to the truth regarding an interesting entanglement of questions regarding pictures, their experience, and their values. * Alessandro Giovannelli, Mind *
...a focused, lucid, and meticulous study of the nature of pictorial value ... The great merit of Sight and Sensibility is that it provides a subtle and convincing account of the manner in which different types of value interact, an account that is sensitive to, and thus brings forth, fine aspects of our encounter with pictorial works and the impact of such an encounter on our sensibilities ... of interest to readers concerned with matters of evaluation not just of pictorial art but of all kinds of art, due to the unified and comprehensive conception of value that it offers - a conception that places our humane concerns about works of art firmly in the (traditionally insulated) domain of aesthetic appreciation. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
...tightly focused and carefully argued... an exceptionally interesting contribution to the philosophy of art: it contains subtle, concise, and convincing discussions of a number of difficult concepts and contentious doctrines... lucid and meticulous * John Hyman, British Journal of Aesthetics *

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