Pavel Zahrádka (ed.): Estetika na přelomu milénia
Pavel Zahrádka (ed.): Aesthetics and the turn of the millenium
Pavel Zahrádka’s anthology offers a choice of translated studies in aesthetics and provides (and to a certain extent also, naturally, creates) a picture of the contemporary state of such studies based on the character of interdisciplinary work. The collection, which is gathered into nine thematic sections, covers such key themes as philosophical aesthetics and questions of the recently instituted (copyright as a philosophical-aesthetic problem) or the resurrected (the aesthetics of nature). It presents a rich palette of approaches, methods and themes which makes up the field of contemporary aesthetic research. This review study offers a commentary on the overall concept of the collection in the context of analogous foreign publications and gives a résumé of individual thematic sections, while it focuses in detail on select parts of the anthology, which represent a relatively contemporary understanding of the traditional key problems of general aesthetics (ontology, definition and the value of art).