Can you recommend any introductions to aesthetics?

Here are a few good introductions (there are others):

Noël Carroll, Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction

Marcia Muelder Eaton, Basic Issues in Aesthetics

Cynthia Freeland, But is it Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory (note: this is the least academic, but it's fun and interesting)

Gordon Graham, Philosophy of the Arts: an introduction

You also might look at some of the good anthologies out there. Here are two that I like:

Peter Lamarque and Stein H. Olsen (eds.), Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition (note: this is excellent, but it's more difficult than the other books on the list)

Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley (eds.), Arguing about Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates (note: this doesn't give a general overview, but it focuses on a variety of interesting topics)

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