The best books on The Philosophy of Art, recommended by Noël Carroll Read 1 Art by Clive Bell Read 2 Aesthetics by Monroe Beardsley Read 3 Languages of Art by Nelson Goodman Read 4 Art and the Aesthetic by George Dickie Read 5 After the End of Art by Arthur Danto The best books on The Philosophy of Art, recommended by Noël Carroll What is art? Does it have to be good? Is it up to a museum curator or other expert to decide? If so, how did the first art arise? A leading philosopher chooses the best books on the philosophical questions surrounding art.