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Aesthetics

  • What We See When We Readby Peter Mendelsund

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.95

    A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading?how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael... more...

  • Radical History and the Politics of Artby Gabriel Rockhill

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge, Rockhill demonstrates that art and politics are not fixed entities with a singular relation but rather dynamically negotiated, sociohistorical... 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...

  • Die metaphysische Grundlage der Kontroverse um den Kraftbegriff zwischen Descartes und Leibnizby Chun-Fa Liu

    Mohr Siebeck 2014; US$ 66.03

    Die Kontroversen um das wahre Wesen der Natur in der früheren Neuzeit haben bekanntlich großen Einfluss auf die spätere Entwicklung der Naturwissenschaft. Eine der wichtigsten Debatten war der Streit um das Kraftmaß zwischen den Leibnizianern und Cartesianern. Er wird heute öfter als unsinnig bezeichnet, denn Kraft ist an sich ein metaphysischer Begriff.... 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 Element of Fire (Routledge Revivals)by Anthony O'Hear

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    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...

  • Atmospheresby Tonino Griffero

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    This book examines the role of atmospheres in daily life, and defines their main characteristics. Outlining the typical phenomenological situations in which we experience atmospheres, it assesses their impact on contemporary aesthetics. It puts forward a philosophical approach which systematises a constellation of affects and climates, finds patterns... 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...

  • The Triadic Structure of the Mindby Francesco Belfiore

    University Press of America 2014; US$ 59.99

    The Triadic Structure of the Mind provides a philosophical system that offers fresh solutions in the fields of ontology, knowledge, ethics, and politics. The second edition includes a more extensive treatment of the topics addressed in the first edition, the introduction of new concepts, and the inclusion of additional thinkers. more...

  • Posthumanismusby Rosi Braidotti; Thomas Laugstien

    Campus Verlag 2014; US$ 25.73

    Genetik und künstliche Befruchtung, Robotik, Implantate und Computertechnologie haben nicht nur in der Science-Fiction Cyborgs, Zombies und Klone hervorgebracht. Auch in der Philosophie und in den Humanwissenschaften hat sich seit einigen Jahren eine lebendige Diskussion über die Grenzen und Möglichkeiten des Menschen angesichts moderner Technologien... more...