Knowing Art

Essays in Aesthetics and Epistemology

  • Matthew Kieran
  • Dominic McIver Lopes

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 107)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Knowing Through Art

    1. Keith Lehrer
      Pages 1-18
    2. Stacie Friend
      Pages 35-49
    3. Kathleen Stock
      Pages 51-66
    4. Dustin Stokes
      Pages 67-81
  3. Knowing About Art

    1. Jesse Prinz
      Pages 95-107
    2. Aaron Meskin
      Pages 109-124
    3. James Shelley
      Pages 125-136
    4. Robert Hopkins
      Pages 137-153
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 155-161

About this book


Artworks potentially convey two kinds of knowledge. They obviously afford knowledge of art itself, and they also afford general empirical knowledge, especially knowledge of human psychology and value.

Knowing Art collects ten original essays written by leading philosophers who distill and build upon recent work at the intersection of aesthetics and epistemology. Specific topics addressed include the objectivity of critical knowledge, the quality of critical testimony, the roles of principles and perception in critical reasoning, phenomenal knowledge of what a work of art is like, the acquisition of factual information and psychological understanding from fictions, and the limits of images as sources of historical evidence. In addressing these topics, the volume also explores the challenges that art poses for theories of knowledge as well as the challenges that artistic knowledge poses to traditional views about art.


Aesthetics Art Criticism Knowledge Literature epistemology experience reason

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Kieran
    • 1
  • Dominic McIver Lopes
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaCanada

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