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Aesthetics

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  • Suffering Art Gladlyby Jerrold Levinson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 85.00

    A collection of newly composed essays, some with a historical focus and some with a contemporary focus, which addresses the problem of explaining the appeal of artworks whose appreciation entails negative or difficult emotions on the appreciator's part - what has traditionally been known as "the paradox of tragedy". more...

  • The Total Art of Stalinismby Boris Groys; Charles Rougle

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 19.95

    From the ruins of communism, Boris Groys emerges to provoke our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders. Interpreting totalitarian art and literature in the context of cultural history, this brilliant essay likens totalitarian aims to the modernists’ goal of producing world-transformative art.... more...

  • Thinking Through the Imaginationby John Kaag

    Fordham University Press 2014; US$ 33.99

    Use your imagination! The demand is as important as it is confusing. What is the imagination? What is its value? Where does it come from? And where is it going in a time when even the obscene seems overdone and passe? This book takes up these questions and argues for the centrality of imagination in human cognition. It traces the development of the... more...

  • Environmental Aestheticsby Martin Drenthen; Jozef Keulartz

    Fordham University Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    Environmental aesthetics crosses several commonly recognized divides: between analytic and continental philosophy, Eastern and Western traditions, universalizing and historicizing approaches, and theoretical and practical concerns. This volume sets out to show how these,perspectives can be brought into conversation with one another. The first part... more...

  • Freud and the Scene of Traumaby John Fletcher

    Fordham University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    This book argues that Freud's mapping of trauma as a scene is central to both his clinical interpretation of his patients' symptoms and his construction of successive theoretical models and concepts to explain the power of such scenes in his patients' lives. This attention to the scenic form of trauma and its power in determining symptoms... more...

  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Artby Richard Eldridge

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 24.00

    A clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and value of art, in a new, expanded edition. more...

  • History as a Visual Art in the Twelfth-Century Renaissanceby Karl F. Morrison

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.00

    Karl Morrison discusses historical writing at a turning point in European culture: the so-called Renaissance of the twelfth century. Why do texts considered at that time to be masterpieces seem now to be fragmentary and full of contradictions? Morrison maintains that the answer comes from ideas about art. Viewing histories as artifacts made according... more...

  • 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...

  • The A to Z of Aestheticsby Dabney Townsend

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 33.99

    The A to Z of Aesthetics covers its history from Classical Greece to the present, including entries on non-western aesthetics. The book contains a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the main concepts, terminology, important persons (philosophers, critics, and artists), and the... more...

  • The Art Kettleby Sinead Murphy

    John Hunt Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    The theme of 'disinterest' is a dominant one in philosophical accounts of aesthetic experience, and, unlike many philosophical themes, it has had and continues to have a huge effect, on presuppositions about the nature of judgment, of feeling, of art, of resistance, of all of those experiences and activities that appear to operate at least partly... more...