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Philosophy: aesthetics

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The Ascetic Ideal Genealogies of Life-Denial in Religion, Morality, Art, Science, and Philosophy

The Ascetic Ideal Genealogies of Life-Denial in Religion, Morality, Art, Science, and Philosophy

Author: Stephen (University of Oxford) Mulhall Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2021

In The Ascetic Ideal, Stephen Mulhall shows how areas of cultural life that seem to be either essentially unconnected to evaluative commitments (science and philosophy) or to involve non-moral values (aesthetics) are in fact deeply informed by ethico-religious commitments, for better and for worse. The book develops a reading of Nietzsche's concept of 'the ascetic ideal', which he used to track the evolution, mutation, and expansion of the system of slave moral values, associated primarily with Judaeo-Christian religious belief through diverse fields of Western European culture-not just religion and morality, but aesthetics, science, and philosophy. Mulhall also offers an interpretation of Nietzsche's genealogical method that aims to rebut standard criticisms of its nature, and to emphasize its potential for enhancing philosophical understanding more generally. The focus throughout is on developments in those fields which occurred after the end of Nietzsche's intellectual career, and in particular on influential modes of thought and practice that have a contemporary significance. The goal is not simply to argue that Nietzsche's diagnosis and critique retains considerable merit, but also to show that Nietzsche is himself significantly indebted to the ideals he criticizes, and that this opens up a possibility of synthesizing elements of his approach with those drawn from its target. Hence, the book also tracks various ways in which the object of Nietzsche's criticism has undergone further mutations (just as his genealogical method would suggest), and in doing so has generated ways of pursuing the values central to asceticism that avoid Nietzsche's criticisms, and might even further his own goals.

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers

Author: Professor Alessandro (Lafayette College, USA) Giovannelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2021

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers offers a comprehensive historical overview of the field of aesthetics. Thirty specially commissioned essays introduce and explore the contributions of philosophers who have shaped the subject, from its origins in the work of the ancient Greeks to contemporary developments in the 21st century. Now thoroughly revised and updated throughout, this second edition includes new chapters on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Susanne Langer, Bernard Bolzano, as well as more coverage of post-1950 aesthetics with Frank Sibley, Stanley Cavell, Peter Kivy, Noel Carroll, Peter Lamarque, and Jerrold Levinson. The book reconstructs the history of aesthetics, clearly illustrating the most important attempts to address such crucial issues as the nature of aesthetic judgment, the status of art, and the place of the arts within society. Ideal for undergraduate students, it lays the necessary foundations for a complete and thorough understanding of this fascinating subject.

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers

Author: Professor Alessandro (Lafayette College, USA) Giovannelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2021

Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers offers a comprehensive historical overview of the field of aesthetics. Thirty specially commissioned essays introduce and explore the contributions of philosophers who have shaped the subject, from its origins in the work of the ancient Greeks to contemporary developments in the 21st century. Now thoroughly revised and updated throughout, this second edition includes new chapters on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Susanne Langer, Bernard Bolzano, as well as more coverage of post-1950 aesthetics with Frank Sibley, Stanley Cavell, Peter Kivy, Noel Carroll, Peter Lamarque, and Jerrold Levinson. The book reconstructs the history of aesthetics, clearly illustrating the most important attempts to address such crucial issues as the nature of aesthetic judgment, the status of art, and the place of the arts within society. Ideal for undergraduate students, it lays the necessary foundations for a complete and thorough understanding of this fascinating subject.

Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Author: Cyrus R.K. (NYU, Abu Dhabi and NYU, USA) Patell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2021

From Star Wars: A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker, this is the first complete assessment and philosophical exploration of the Lucasfilm universe. Lucasfilm examines the ways these iconic films were shaped by global cultural mythologies and world cinema, as well as philosophical ideas from the fields of aesthetics and political theory. Cyrus Patell also looks at how this ever-expanding universe of cultural products and enterprises became a global brand and asks: can a film director be both an auteur and a corporation? More than any other film franchise, Star Wars and Lucasfilm have become part of the cultural imagination. The passionate fan base has played a decisive role in the themes, content, casting and direction of George Lucas' oeuvre. Within these pages, Patell explores what it means for films and their creator to become part of cultural history in an unprecedented way.

Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Author: Cyrus R.K. (NYU, Abu Dhabi and NYU, USA) Patell Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2021

Eroticizing Aesthetics

Eroticizing Aesthetics

Author: Tim Themi Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2021

Bringing together Bataille with Lacan and Nietzsche, Tim Themi examines the role of aesthetics implicit in each and how this invokes an erotic process celebrating the real of what is usually excluded from articulation. Bataille came to deem eroticism as the standpoint from which to grasp humanity as a whole, based on his understanding of our transition to humanity being founded on a series of taboos placed on inner animality. An erotic outlet for the latter was historically the aesthetic dimensions of our religions, but Bataille's view of how this was gradually diminished has much in keeping with Nietzsche's critique of Christian-Platonic dualism and Lacan's of the desexualised Good of Western metaphysics. Building from these often surprising proximities, Themi closely examines Bataille's many interventions into the history of aesthetics - from his confrontations with Breton's surrealism to his own novels and encounter with the animal cave paintings of Lascaux - radically re-illuminating the corollary phenomena of Dionysos in Nietzsche's philosophy and the jouissance [enjoyment] of transgression in the psychoanalysis of Lacan. A new ethical criterion for aesthetic works and creations on this basis becomes possible.

Experiments in Listening

Experiments in Listening

Author: Rajni Shah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2021

Through an exploration of both practice and theory, this book investigates the relationship between listening and the theatrical encounter in the context of Western theatre and performance. Rather than looking to the stage for a politics or ethics of performance, Rajni Shah asks what work needs to happen in order for the stage itself to appear, exploring some of the factors that might allow or prevent a group of individuals to gather together as an 'audience'. Shah proposes that the theatrical encounter is a structure that prioritises the attentive over the declarative; each of the five chapters is an exploration of this proposition. The first two chapters propose readings for the terms 'listening' and 'audience', drawing primarily on Gemma Corradi Fiumara's writing about the philosophy of listening and Stanley Cavell's writing about being-in-audience. The third chapter reflects on the work of Lying Fallow, the first of two practice elements which were part of this research, asking whether and how this project aligns with the modes of listening that I have proposed thus far, and introducing Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's writing about the preposition 'beside' in relation to being-in-audience. In the fourth chapter, I examine the role of invitation in setting up the parameters for being-in-audience, in relation to Sara Ahmed's writing about arrival and encounter. And in the final chapter the second practice element, Experiments in Listening, operates to expand our thinking about where and how the work of being-in-audience takes place. Blending the boundaries of theoretical, creative and practice-based artistic work, this book is accompanied by a series of five zines. These describe an embodied experience of knowledge from a personal perspective, both playfully and seriously following a line of enquiry developed in each of the chapters.

Experiments in Listening

Experiments in Listening

Author: Rajni Shah Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

Through an exploration of both practice and theory, this book investigates the relationship between listening and the theatrical encounter in the context of Western theatre and performance. Rather than looking to the stage for a politics or ethics of performance, Rajni Shah asks what work needs to happen in order for the stage itself to appear, exploring some of the factors that might allow or prevent a group of individuals to gather together as an 'audience'. Shah proposes that the theatrical encounter is a structure that prioritises the attentive over the declarative; each of the five chapters is an exploration of this proposition. The first two chapters propose readings for the terms 'listening' and 'audience', drawing primarily on Gemma Corradi Fiumara's writing about the philosophy of listening and Stanley Cavell's writing about being-in-audience. The third chapter reflects on the work of Lying Fallow, the first of two practice elements which were part of this research, asking whether and how this project aligns with the modes of listening that I have proposed thus far, and introducing Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's writing about the preposition 'beside' in relation to being-in-audience. In the fourth chapter, I examine the role of invitation in setting up the parameters for being-in-audience, in relation to Sara Ahmed's writing about arrival and encounter. And in the final chapter the second practice element, Experiments in Listening, operates to expand our thinking about where and how the work of being-in-audience takes place. Blending the boundaries of theoretical, creative and practice-based artistic work, this book is accompanied by a series of five zines. These describe an embodied experience of knowledge from a personal perspective, both playfully and seriously following a line of enquiry developed in each of the chapters.

Baumgarten's Aesthetics

Baumgarten's Aesthetics

Author: J. Colin McQuillan Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

The German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762) is known as the founder of modern aesthetics because he introduced the term aesthetics into philosophy in his Reflections on Poetry (1736), Metaphysics (1739), and in his unfinished Aesthetics (1750/1758). This volume is the first collection of essays in the English language devoted to Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten's aesthetics. The essays collected in this volume explain the distinguishing features of Baumgarten's aesthetics; situate it in its historical context; document its reception; and examine its contributions to contemporary philosophy.

On The Meta-category Of Chinese Music Aesthetics

On The Meta-category Of Chinese Music Aesthetics

Author: Sai (Shanghai Conservatory Of Music, China) Yang Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2021

This book opens with the emergence and development of the discipline of aesthetics in western countries, specifically the history of Western Music Aesthetics, to study and delve into the development of Chinese Music Aesthetics. The book provides a clear timeline throughout the writing - from the history of Chinese Music Aesthetics, to the construction of a theoretical framework, and the intersections and conversations between Western and Chinese Music Aesthetics. This academic piece is fundamentally consistent with the developing field of Chinese philosophical and literary research.This book also discusses important music aesthetic categories of Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, and metaphysics, and uses critical thinking to analyse the relationship between these categories and relevant schools of thought, reflecting the author's academic vision and thought process.

The Aging of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

The Aging of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

Author: Samir Gandesha Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2021

Architectures of Life and Death

Architectures of Life and Death

Author: Andrej Radman Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2021

Driven by the Foucauldian attitude of subsuming architectural history into a genealogy of techne, Architectures of Life and Death advances a transdisciplinary approach rethinking subjectivity and exploring the political ramifications of these processes for the discipline of architecture and beyond. In contrast to mainstream approaches, architecture will not be seen as representative of culture, but as the mechanism of culture, the 'collective equipment' that rests on the reciprocal determination of social habits and technological habitats. In this sense, the idea that we shape our environments, therefore they shape us, is not to be taken as a metaphor. The animate has always been utterly dependent on the inanimate. A livable habitat is one which the inhabitant actively co-evolves with and which does not constitute a ready-made condition to which the inhabitant would simply have to passively adapt.