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Aesthetics

  • Why We Make Things and Why it Mattersby Peter Korn

    Random House 2015; US$ 23.98

    Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? What is the nature of work? And what is the nature of a good life? Part memoir, part polemic, part philosophical reflection, this is a book... more...

  • Plato Dictionaryby Morris Stockhammer

    Philosophical Library 2015; US$ 9.99

    In this companion volume to the well-known Aristotle Dictionary , Morris Stockhammer offers a comprehensive and alphabetically organized glossary of the basic writings of Plato. For many years, the editor scanned through the Dialogues of Plato in an effort to find and collect those pithy thoughts that represent the essence of Platonism. The perfect... more...

  • The Material Imaginationby Matthew Mindrup

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    In recent years architectural discourse has witnessed a renewed interest in materiality under the guise of such familiar tropes as 'material honesty,' 'form finding,' or 'digital materiality.' As an alternative to a formal approach in architectural design, this book challenges readers to rethink the reverie of materials in architecture... more...

  • Dreaming of Cinemaby Adam Lowenstein

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Adam Lowenstein argues that Surrealism's encounter with film can help redefine the meaning of cinematic spectatorship in an era of popular digital entertainment. Video games, YouTube channels, Blu-ray discs, and other forms of “new? media have made theatrical cinema seem “old.? A sense of “cinema lost? has accompanied the ascent of digital media,... more...

  • Nietzsche und der Nihilismusby Eike Brock

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 154.00

    The notion of nihilism assumes a prominent place in Nietzsche?s thinking during the 1880s. Yet he had already condemned nihilistic Western culture in The Birth of Tragedy ; in order to overcome nihilism, life must be aesthetically vindicated. The author analyzes the cultural and anthropological foundations of Nietzsche?s concept of nihilism.... more...

  • Sartreby Thomas R. Flynn

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    The first book-length study of Sartre as philosopher of the imaginary and the development of his philosophical, literary, aesthetic and political thought. more...

  • Histories of Sexualityby Stephen Garton

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 24.95

    This book presents the first assessment of one of the most rapidly expanding fields of research: the history of sexuality. From the early efforts of historians to work out a model for sexual history, to the extraordinary impact of French philosopher Michel Foucault, to the vigorous debates about essentialism and social constructionism, to the emergence... more...

  • Wittgenstein's Novelsby Martin Klebes

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    Analyzing features of Wittgenstein's philosophical work and including in-depth textual analyses, this study investigates the impact of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work on contemporary German and French novelists. Drawing upon aesthetics, architectural history, philosophy of science, and photography, the book seeks to explain why references both to Wittgenstein... more...

  • Maya Derenby Sarah Keller

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel Duchamp, she is best known for her seminal film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), a dream-like experiment with time and symbol, looped narrative... more...

  • Clothesby John Harvey

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 15.95

    Clothes protect our vulnerable skin and they keep us warm or cool. They help us show that we are young or old, rich or poor, at work or play, and whether we may be good to know. But though they are basic, much as food and shelter are - and also may be beautiful - they have long had a bad press in serious, moral and philosophical writing. The main reason... more...