This book is aimed to explain the creation of artworks and their evaluation, and offers a new concept of aesthetics and beauty of artworks. Following and reconstructing Peircean realist epistemology, Aesthetics is one of the three normative sciences, along with Logic (Theoretic) and Ethics, which are the three different modes of representing reality. Aesthetics is the mode of artistic representation of reality, and the created artworks are judged beautiful when proven as an aesthetic true representation of reality. Artists aim to represent reality truly, and hence, beautifully, in order to enhance our knowledge of it and to afford us insights on how to better conduct our life in society.
Dan Nesher is an emeritus member of the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa.
Chapter 1: The Beauty of Artwork Is in Its Aesthetic True Representation of Reality:
Epistemology of Creation and Evaluation of Artwork
Chapter 2: It is an Illusion that Artworks Are Fictitious Illusions as they are Actually
Aesthetic Modes of Representing Reality
Chapter 3: Epistemology of Aesthetic Experience: Criticizing and Reconstructing Kant’s
Aesthetic Theories of Genius Creativity and Judgment of Beauty
Chapter 4: Free Creation of Artwork is the Determinate Self-Control of Proving its True
Interpretation and Representation of Reality
Chapter 5: How to Square (Normo, CP:2.7) Peirceanly the Kantian Circularity in the
Epistemology of Aesthetics as a Normative Science of Creating and Evaluating the Beauty of
Chapter 6: The Role of Productive Imagination in Creating Artworks and Discovering
Chapter 7: On Post-Modern Artworks: A New Aesthetic Genre or Rather a Pseudo Concept of
Art, and then “What, After All, Is a Work of Art?”
Chapter 8: Epilog: Can we Theorize some Bizarre Aesthetic Domains – The Beauty of Music
Aesthetics, Mathematics-Theoretic, and Human-Ethic?
About the Author