Aesthetics and the Theory of Criticism: Selected Essays of Arnold Isenberg

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University of Chicago Press, 1988 M03 25 - 362 pages
"These sixteen essays by Arnold Isenberg "bring wide-ranging connoiseurship, intricate analysis, and epigrammatic literacy to bear on a number of glib and fuzzy oppositions between form and content, description and interpretation, perception and meaning, technique and substance, and belief and expression, articulating provocative strategies for illuminating the canon of the arts and the organ of criticism. . . . Any thoughtful lover of the arts could read this book with profit and inspiration."—Choice
 

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Contents

Perception Meaning and the Subject Matter of
3
A Poem by Frost and Some Principles of Criticism
9
The Technical Factor in
61
The Aesthetic Function of Language
70
The Problem of Belief
89
On Defining Metaphor
117
Pretentious as an Aesthetic Predicate
172
Superlatives
184
Some Problems of Interpretation
199
Ethics and Moral Psychology
216
Deontology and the Ethics of Lying
247
Ethical and Aesthetic Criticism
267
Analytical Philosophy and the Study of
285
Notebooks and Letters
302
Index
318
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