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Aesthetics

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  • 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...

  • Decompositionby Andrew Durkin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 28.95

    A bracing, revisionary and provocative inquiry into music?from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie?as a personal and cultural experience: how it is actually composed, often wrongfully perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do.   Andrew Durkin, best known as leader of the west coast?s Industrial... 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...

  • Aesthetics & Alienationby Gary Tedman

    John Hunt Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    A complete and original theory of aesthetics based on Marx and Althusser in the modernist Marxist anti-humanist tradition (Brecht, Althusser, Benjamin, Adorno). The main concepts that arise from this work are: the aesthetic level of practice, aesthetic state apparatuses, aesthetic interpellation, and pseudo dialectics, all of which are used to... more...

  • Pragmatist Aestheticsby Richard Shusterman

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 31.99

    This much acclaimed book has emerged as neo-pragmatism's most significant contribution to contemporary aesthetics. By articulating a deeply embodied notion of aesthetic experience and the art of living, and by providing a compellingly rigorous defense of popular art?crowned by a pioneer study of hip hop?Richard Shusterman reorients aesthetics towards... more...

  • Gaston Bachelardby Cristina Chimisso

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 195.00

    In this new study, Cristina Chimisso explores the work of the French Philosopher of Science, Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) by situating it within French cultural life of the first half of the century. The book is introduced by a study - based on an analysis of portraits and literary representations - of how Bachelard's admirers transformed him into... more...

  • Subversive Strategies in Contemporary Chinese Artby Mary Wiseman; Liu Yuedi

    BRILL 2011; US$ 212.00

    How contemporary Chinese art is creating ?a philosophy of life, a philosophy of politics, and a natural philosophy,? as artist Qiu Zhijie says it must, is explored in this collection of essays by philosophers and art historians from America and China. more...

  • How to Study Art Worldsby Hans van Maanen

    Amsterdam University Press 2009; US$ 35.00

    This necessary and thought-provoking study brings together the organisational side of the world of the arts and the understanding of the many functions art fulfi lls in our culture. more...