Cover

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pp. 1-2

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 3-8

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

This book represents in many respects a culmination of more than forty-five years’ involvement with my subject. That is the period between my very first encounter with the philosophy of art (in a course called “History of Aesthetics” during my freshman year at Columbia University in 1961) and the present time. ...

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1. Preliminaries: Understanding Antiques

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pp. 1-38

At minimum, an antique is something that has endured over time: it carries some of the past into our present and has a story to tell. In fact, an antique usually has many stories to tell. Before saying anything definitive about antiques, let’s begin by looking at one antique’s story. ...

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2. An Archeology of Antiques: A History of Antique Collecting and Connoisseurship

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pp. 39-158

The idea of antiques and the development of the ability to regard them as objects of a unique aesthetic appreciation are bound up with the history of connoisseurship and development of a “taste” for them. The idea of antiques is also bound up with the history of the idea of art in general, ...

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3. The Ten Criteria of Antiques

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pp. 159-188

As promised in chapter 1, I now propose ten (3 × 3 plus 1) criteria for the connoisseurship and collecting of antiques. They have simply been extracted from the archeology of chapter 2 and are intended to amplify the definition of the antique given in chapter 1. ...

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4. Conclusion: Antiques and Civilization

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pp. 189-204

This is not a work of cultural or philosophical anthropology but an analysis and history of the idea of the antique; nevertheless, in the preceding chapters we have continually referred to cultural matters and to the evolution of civilization as a place where the idea of the antique and the aesthetic response to the antique “matters.” ...

Notes

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pp. 205-252

Index

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pp. 253-264