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date: 26 February 2020

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Analytic philosophy gave serious attention to aesthetics relatively late and initial encounters were far from auspicious. William Elton’s anthology Aesthetics and Language (1954) marks a convenient entry point for analytic aesthetics, as the first self-conscious effort to bring linguistic methods of analysis to bear on aesthetics. To capture the distinctively ‘analytical’ mode of analytic aesthetics it is not enough merely to list the major landmarks: more useful is to break down the subject into those areas in which analytic philosophy itself has made its most significant contributions: the analysis of concepts, philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. This chapter explores analytic aesthetics through this lens reviewing selected treatments, within aesthetics, of conceptual analysis, representation, meaning, reference, metaphysics and ontology, truth and knowledge, and ethics and value.

Keywords: analytic aesthetics, analytic philosophy, representation, meaning, reference, metaphysics, ontology, truth, knowledge, art

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