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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...

  • On the Newby Boris Groys

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 22.95

    On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is at the center of Boris Groys's... 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...

  • Kunst als symbolische Formby Birgit Recki

    transcript Verlag 2014; US$ 35.00

    Art, according to Ernst Cassirer's symbol-theoretic concept of culture, is a form of cultural meaning production in the vehicle of sensory gestalts: a »symbolic form« for which a work's character is exemplary in all cultural capacities. Art thus becomes the paradigm of the culture. The contributions to this volume situate Cassirer's aesthetic approach... more...

  • Kraft der Alteritätby Dieter Mersch; Jörg Sternagel; Lisa Stertz

    transcript Verlag 2014; US$ 34.00

    Dieser Band versammelt Texte im Kontext von Sprechen und Handeln, Performativität und Medialität, die Sprache, Stimme, Gesicht, Körper und Geste in sozialen Wirklichkeiten und ästhetischer Praxis verorten sowie Effekte, Affekte und Korrelationen thematisieren: Die ethischen Dimensionen des Performativen entfalten sich in einem ersten Schritt entlang... 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...

  • 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...