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Aesthetics

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  • Dreaming by the Bookby Elaine Scarry

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 8.99

    A pathbreaking work about the way literature teaches us to use our imagination. We often attribute to our imaginative life powers that go beyond ordinary perception or sensation. In Dreaming by the Book, the noted scholar Elaine Scarry explores the apparently miraculous but in fact understandable processes by which poets and writers confer those... more...

  • The Human Erosby Thomas Alexander

    Fordham University Press 2013; US$ 27.99

    The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence explores themes in classical American philosophy, primarily that of John Dewey, but also in the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and Native American traditions. The primary claim is that human beings exist with a need for the experience of meaning and value, a "Human... more...

  • Ethics of Visuality, Theby Hagi Kenaan

    I.B.Tauris 2013; US$ 27.00

    Our world is saturated with images. Images multiply around us, having reached the status of essentially reproducible commodities. Overwhelmed by this proliferation of visual stimuli, our gaze becomes increasingly bored and distracted. Do we ever really read and engage with images? Can they ever provide the sense of meaningfulness we crave? French... more...

  • On Musicby Theodore Gracyk

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 24.95

    Opinionated and example-filled, this extremely concise and accessible book provides a survey of some fundamental and longstanding debates about the nature of music. The central arguments and ideas of historical and contemporary philosophers are presented with the goal of making them as accessible as possible to general readers who have no background... more...

  • Aisthesisby Jacques Ranciere; Zakir Paul

    Verso Books 2013; US$ 29.95

    Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis ?Rancière?s definitive statement on the aesthetic?takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories... more...

  • The Intellectual and His Peopleby Jacques Ranciere

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    Following the previous volume of essays by Jacques Rancière from the 1970s, Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double , this second collection focuses on the ways in which radical philosophers understand the people they profess to speak for. The Intellectual and His People engages in an incisive and original way with current political and... more...

  • The Birth of Tragedyby Friedrich Nietzsche; Douglas Smith

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 8.99

    Yes, what is Dionysian? - This book provides an answer - "a man who knows" speaks in it, the initiate and disciple of his god.'The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a book about the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. For Nietzsche, Greek tragedy is the expression of a culture which has achieved a delicate... more...

  • Schopenhauer and the Aesthetic Standpointby Sophia Vasalou

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 72.00

    This book offers a new way of approaching Schopenhauer by investigating the links between his philosophical practice and his aesthetics. more...

  • Vertigoby Katalin Makkai

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 32.95

    Released in 1958, Vertigo is widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock?s masterpiece and one of the greatest films of all time. This is the first book devoted to exploring the philosophical aspects of Vertigo . Following an introduction by the editor that places the film in context, each chapter reflects upon Hitchcock?s film from a philosophical perspective.... more...

  • Aesthetics A-Zby Eran Guter

    Edinburgh University Press 2010; US$ 27.00

    Covers the key concepts, arguments, problems and figures in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. This introduction to aesthetics provides a layered treatment of both the historical background and contemporary debates in aesthetics. Extensive cross-referencing shows how issues in aesthetics intersect with other branches of philosophy and other fields... more...