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Aesthetics

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  • The Concept of the Beautifulby Agnes Heller; Marcia Morgan

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 79.99

    This book details the history of the concept of the beautiful, starting with a distinction between the 'warm' metaphysics of beauty and the 'cold' one modeled on Plato's Janus-faced relationship to beauty, and ending with a fragmented yet hopeful vision propagated by the likes of Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Adorno. The most important intellectual figures... more...

  • Critique of Judgementby Immanuel Kant

    Free Press 2008; US$ 19.95

    A refreshing approach to the study of major Western philosophers. Introductory essays by noted scholars enliven each volume with insights into the human side of the great thinkers, and provide authoritative discussions of the historical background, evolution, and importance of their ideas. Highly recommended as stimulating classroom texts. more...

  • Death-Devoted Heartby Roger Scruton

    Oxford University Press, USA 2003; US$ 17.99

    A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere... more...

  • Decompositionby Andrew Durkin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 28.95

    Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music?from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie?as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do. Andrew Durkin, best known as the... more...

  • Deleuze and Designby Betti Marenko; Jamie Brassett

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    Whether we are dealing with products or scenarios, packaging or experiences, territories or digital platforms, design is never a thing but a process of change, invention and speculation that always has material, tangible implications that affect behaviours and lives. Drawing on a range of contributors, case studies and examples, this book examines... more...

  • 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...

  • Either/Orby Alastair Hannay; Soren Kierkegaard; Victor Eremita; Alastair Hannay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 20.78

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate... more...

  • The Element of Fire (Routledge Revivals)by Anthony O'Hear

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 48.95

    First published in 1988, the aim of this book can be stated in Nietzsche?s words: ?To look at science from the perspective of the artist, but at art from that of life?. The title contests the notions that science alone can provide us with the most objective truth about the world, and that artistic endeavour can produce nothing more valuable than entertainment.... more...

  • Ethics and the Artsby Paul Macneill

    Springer Netherlands 2014; US$ 129.00

    This book proposes that the highest expression of ethics is an aesthetic. It suggests that the quintessential performance of any field of practice is an art that captures an ethic beyond any literal statement of values. This is to advocate for a shift in emphasis, away from current juridical approaches to ethics (ethical codes or regulation), toward... more...

  • Ethics of Visuality, Theby Hagi Kenaan

    I.B.Tauris 2013; US$ 14.95

    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 Jewish... more...