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Kant and the Reorientation of Aesthetics by Joseph J. (University of South Dakota, USA) Tinguely Kant and the Reorientation of Aesthetics
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This book argues that the philosophical significance of Kant's aesthetics lies not in its explicit account of beauty but in its implicit account of intentionality. Kant's account is distinct in that feeling, affect, or mood must be operative within the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

Trust in the World A Philosophy of Film by Josef Fruchtl Trust in the World A Philosophy of Film

This book examines the theory, originally raised in Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of film, that cinema has the power to restore our trust in the world. Fruchtl demonstrates that cinema does this in three main ways: by restoring our belief in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2017

Only Imagine Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination by Kathleen (University of Sussex) Stock Only Imagine Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination

Only Imagine offers a new theory of fictional content. Kathleen Stock argues for a controversial view known as 'extreme intentionalism'; the idea that the content of a particular work of fiction is equivalent to exactly what the author of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Why Only Art Can Save Us Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency by Santiago Zabala Why Only Art Can Save Us Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency

The state of emergency, thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben have argued, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises we do confront, which are often how...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Deep Refrains Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable by Michael Gallope Deep Refrains Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable

We often say that music is ineffable, that it does not refer to anything outside of itself. But if music, in all its sensuous flux, does not mean anything in particular, might it still have a special kind of philosophical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Deep Refrains Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable by Michael Gallope Deep Refrains Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable

We often say that music is ineffable, that it does not refer to anything outside of itself. But if music, in all its sensuous flux, does not mean anything in particular, might it still have a special kind of philosophical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Nietzsche and the Fate of Art by Philip Pothen Nietzsche and the Fate of Art

This title was first published in 2002. Challenging the accepted orthodoxy on Nietzsche's views on art, this book seeks both to challenge and to establish a new set of concerns as far as discourses on Nietzsche's thoughts on aesthetics are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Nietzsche and the Fate of Art by Philip Pothen Nietzsche and the Fate of Art

This title was first published in 2002. Challenging the accepted orthodoxy on Nietzsche's views on art, this book seeks both to challenge and to establish a new set of concerns as far as discourses on Nietzsche's thoughts on aesthetics are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art by Darren Hudson Hick Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

'Place in garden, lawn, to beautify landscape.' When Don Featherstone's plastic pink flamingos were first advertised in the 1957 Sears catalogue, these were the instructions. The flamingos are placed on the cover of this book for another reason: to start...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Aesthetics of Ugliness A Critical Edition by Karl Rosenkranz Aesthetics of Ugliness A Critical Edition

In this key text in the history of art and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz shows ugliness to be the negation of beauty without being reducible to evil, materiality, or other negative terms used it's conventional condemnation. This insistence on the specificity...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Truth in Painting by Jacques Derrida The Truth in Painting

The four essays in this volume constitute Derrida's most explicit and sustained reflection on the art work as pictorial artifact, a reflection partly by way of philosophical aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger), partly by way of a commentary on art works and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2017

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Mondrian's Philosophy of Visual Rhythm Phenomenology, Wittgenstein, and Eastern thought by Eiichi Tosaki Mondrian's Philosophy of Visual Rhythm Phenomenology, Wittgenstein, and Eastern thought

This volume investigates the meaning of visual rhythm through Piet Mondrian's unique approach to understanding rhythm in the compositional structure of painting, drawing reference from philosophy, aesthetics, and Zen culture. Its innovation lies in its reappraisal of a forgotten definition...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017

Speculative Art Histories Analysis at the Limits by Sjoerd (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Van Tuinen Speculative Art Histories Analysis at the Limits

Situated at the interface of philosophy, aesthetics, and art history, this collection brings together a series of creative responses to the recent speculative turn in Continental philosophy. It gives you both a genealogy of speculative art history and a provocatively...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Beauty The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea by David (Professor of Classics at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Classics at Brown University) Konstan Beauty The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea

What makes something beautiful? In this engaging, elegant study, David Konstan turns to ancient Greece to address the nature of beauty.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Expectation Philosophy, Literature by Jean-Luc Nancy, Jean-Michel Rabate Expectation Philosophy, Literature
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Expectation is a collection of critical texts on literature written between 1977 and 2012 and now made available for the first time in English.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

Expectation Philosophy, Literature by Jean-Luc Nancy, Jean-Michel Rabate Expectation Philosophy, Literature
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Expectation is a collection of critical texts on literature written between 1977 and 2012 and now made available for the first time in English.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017

Art Rethought The Social Practices of Art by Nicholas (Yale University / University of Virginia) Wolterstorff Art Rethought The Social Practices of Art

We engage with works of art in many ways, yet almost all modern philosophers of art have focused entirely on one mode of engagement: disinterested attention. Nicholas Wolterstorff explores why this is, and offers an alternative framework according to which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

Bioaesthetics Making Sense of Life in Science and the Arts by Carsten Strathausen Bioaesthetics Making Sense of Life in Science and the Arts

In recent years, bioaesthetics has used the latest discoveries in evolutionary studies and neuroscience to provide new ways of looking at art and aesthetics. Carsten Strathausens remarkable exploration of this emerging field is the first comprehensive account of its ideas,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

Philosophy of the Novel by Barry Stocker Philosophy of the Novel

This book explores the aesthetics of the novel from the perspective of Continental European philosophy, presenting a theory on the philosophical definition and importance of the novel as a literary genre. It analyses a variety of individuals whose work is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017

Francis Bacon The Logic of Sensation by Gilles Deleuze Francis Bacon The Logic of Sensation

In this landmark text by one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, Gilles Deleuze takes the paintings of Francis Bacon as his object of his study. The book presents a deep engagement with Bacon's work and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Saving Beauty by Byung-Chul Han Saving Beauty

Beauty today is a paradox. The cult of beauty is ubiquitous but it has lost its transcendence and become little more than an aspect of consumerism, the aesthetic dimension of capitalism. The sublime and unsettling aspects of beauty have given...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2017

Saving Beauty by Byung-Chul Han Saving Beauty

Beauty today is a paradox. The cult of beauty is ubiquitous but it has lost its transcendence and become little more than an aspect of consumerism, the aesthetic dimension of capitalism. The sublime and unsettling aspects of beauty have given...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/10/2017

Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics by Dabney Townsend Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics

In Eighteenth Century British Aesthetics , editor Dabney Townsend has brought together the work of such well-known writers as John Dryden, Joshua Reynolds, David Hume, and Samuel Johnson with the more obscure works of aestheticians such as Uvedale Price, Daniel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

New Directions in Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts by Paul Locher, Colin Martindale, Leonid Dorfman New Directions in Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts
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The contributing authors to this book, all pre-eminent scholars in their fields, present their current thinking about the processes that underlie creativity and aesthetic experience. They discuss established theory and research and provide creative speculation on future problems for inquiry...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

The Philosophical Hitchcock Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness by Robert B. Pippin The Philosophical Hitchcock Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness

On the surface, The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness, is a close reading of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. This, however, is a book by Robert B. Pippin, one of our most penetrating and creative philosophers, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Aesthetics by Theodor W. Adorno Aesthetics

This volume of lectures on aesthetics, given by Adorno in the winter semester of 1958/59, formed the foundation for his later text Aesthetic Theory, widely regarded as one of Adorno s greatest works.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2017

Other books in this genre

The Invention of the Visible The Image in Light of the Arts by Patrick Vauday The Invention of the Visible The Image in Light of the Arts

Working at the margins of aesthetics and politics, Patrick Vauday challenges the dominant assumptions of our mediatized society and its disposition towards images. This challenge does not advocate eliminating images altogether, but rather entreats us to see them in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/08/2017

Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art Bringing Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science Together by Otavio Bueno Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art Bringing Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science Together

Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art: Bringing Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science Together is the first book to systematically examine the relationship between the philosophy of science and aesthetics. With contributions from leading figures from both fields, this edited collection...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2017

The Art of Gerhard Richter Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning by Christian Lotz The Art of Gerhard Richter Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning

The Art of Gerhard Richter: Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning presents the first philosophical investigation of, arguably, one of the most popular and important painters working today, Gerhard Richter. From monochrome painting and photo realism to conceptual art and gesture-expressive painting, Richter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting by Tom Stern The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting

A collection of new essays on the philosophy of theatre and the philosophy of drama, combining historical perspectives and new directions.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2017

The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting by Tom Stern The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting

A collection of new essays on the philosophy of theatre and the philosophy of drama, combining historical perspectives and new directions.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2017

Nature, Artforms, and the World Around Us An Introduction to the Regions of Aesthetic Experience by Robert E. Wood Nature, Artforms, and the World Around Us An Introduction to the Regions of Aesthetic Experience

This book provides a comprehensive view of the aesthetic realm, placing the various major artforms within the setting of nature and the built environment as they arise within the field of experience.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

The Philosophical Imagination Selected Essays by Richard (Harvard) Moran The Philosophical Imagination Selected Essays

The Philosophical Imagination is a collection of essays ranging over a wide range of philosophical themes: from the emotional engagement with fictions, to the functioning of metaphor in poetry and in rhetoric, to the concept of beauty in Kant and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2017

Aesthetics of the Familiar Everyday Life and World-Making by Yuriko (Rhode Island School of Design) Saito Aesthetics of the Familiar Everyday Life and World-Making

Yuriko Saito, the leading figure in the field, explores the nature and significance of the aesthetic dimensions of people's everyday lives. She argues that everyday aesthetics can be an effective instrument for directing humanity's collective and cumulative world-making project.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017

Samuel Beckett: A Curated Life by Judith Wilkinson Samuel Beckett: A Curated Life

This book challenges two of the most commonly held assumptions about Samuel Beckett. First, that he belongs exclusively to a literary tradition and second, that he was a reclusive figure entirely uninterested in his public image or reception. Presented here...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017

Colours in the development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy by Marcos Silva Colours in the development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy

This book presents and discusses the varying and seminal role which colour plays in the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy. Having once said that Colours spur us to philosophize , the theme of colour was one to which Wittgenstein returned constantly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/06/2017

Isn't that Clever A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy by Steven Gimbel Isn't that Clever A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

Isn't That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor - the cleverness account - according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/06/2017

Hegel on Beauty by Julia Peters Hegel on Beauty

While the current philosophical debate surrounding Hegel's aesthetics focuses heavily on the philosopher's controversial 'end of art' thesis, its participants rarely give attention to Hegel's ideas on the nature of beauty and its relation to art. This study seeks to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/06/2017

Music and Aesthetic Reality Formalism and the Limits of Description by Nick Zangwill Music and Aesthetic Reality Formalism and the Limits of Description

In this volume, Zangwill develops a view of the nature of music and our experience of music that foregrounds the aesthetic properties of music. He focuses on metaphysical issues about aesthetic properties of music, psychological issues about the nature of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2017

Contemporary Aesthetic Research Theory and Practice in the Arts by Arthur (Arizona State University, USA) Sabatini Contemporary Aesthetic Research Theory and Practice in the Arts
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Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017

Contemporary Aesthetic Research Theory and Practice in the Arts by Arthur (Arizona State University, USA) Sabatini Contemporary Aesthetic Research Theory and Practice in the Arts
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

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