THIS volume collects eleven of R.K. Elliott's essays that are of special relevance to aesthetics. An engaging, independent, and acute philosophical personality animates these essays. Elliott, as represented here, is not afraid of attending to the spiritual and religious, the magical, the insistently subjective, and the artistically delicate within his philosophical thought, and he does so with passion and finely persistent argument. I will note here three topics that his work addresses in a sustained way: the role of imagination in art, truth in literature, and relations between the aesthetic and the ethical.

Elliott rejects what he calls an ‘objectivist aesthetic’ that assumes experience with art is a matter of perceiving the aesthetic qualities of artistic objects. For Elliott, such an aesthetic leaves little room for imaginative response, which may be required simply for understanding a work, and which furthermore plays a large...

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