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Aesthetics

  • Herder's Hermeneuticsby Kristin Gjesdal

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 80.00

    This book offers new perspectives on the historical origins and contemporary challenges of modern hermeneutics through a detailed exploration of Herder's Enlightenment philosophy. more...

  • Real Deceptionsby Jennifer Friedlander

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    Real Deceptions develops a new theory of realism through close consideration of myriad contemporary art, media, and cultural practices. Rather than focusing on transgressing deceptions which distort reality, the book argues that reality lies within the deceptions themselves. more...

  • The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworksby Les Gillon

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 94.48

    This book uses an examination of the annual Turner Prize to defend the view that the evaluation of artworks is a reason-based activity, notwithstanding the lack of any agreed criteria for judging excellence in art. It undertakes an empirical investigation of actual critical practice as evident within published commentaries on the Prize in order to... more...

  • Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the Hermeneutic Spiralby Robert J. Belton

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 93.39

    This book offers a new approach to film studies by showing how our brains use our interpretations of various other films in order to understand Alfred Hitchcock’s  Vertigo . Borrowing from behavioral psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, author Robert J. Belton seeks to explain differences of critical opinion as inevitable. The book... more...

  • The Active Imageby Sabine Ammon; Remei Capdevila-Werning

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 101.56

    The “active image” refers to the operative nature of images, thus capturing the vast array of “actions” that images perform. This volume features essays that present a new approach to image theory. It explores the many ways images become active in architecture and engineering design processes and how, in the age of computer-based modeling, images... more...

  • Reason and Controversy in the Artsby Mortimer R. Kadish

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    This study is a fresh and original attempt to liberate the theory of criticism from the limitations of connoisseurship, and the assumptions of aesthetics from the difficulties and paradoxes of aesthetic relativism. It presents a picture of what rationality in the assessment of the arts would be like if one were expected to justify one's decisions in... more...

  • Aesthetics of the Familiarby Yuriko Saito

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 54.99

    Yuriko Saito, the leading figure in the field, explores the nature and significance of the aesthetic dimensions of people's everyday lives. She argues that everyday aesthetics can be an effective instrument for directing humanity's collective and cumulative world-making project. more...

  • Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Mythby Kristoffer Noheden

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 104.97

    This book examines post-war surrealist cinema in relation to surrealism’s change in direction towards myth and magic following World War II. Intermedial and interdisciplinary, the book unites cinema studies with art history and the study of Western esotericism, closely engaging with a wide range of primary sources, including surrealist journals, art,... more...

  • Isn’t that Cleverby Steven Gimbel

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Isn’t That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor – the cleverness account – according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding questions about humor ethics (Are there jokes that are wrong to tell? Are there jokes that can only be told... more...

  • Aesthetics Todayby Stefan Majetschak; Anja Weiberg

    De Gruyter 2017; US$ 172.99

    Publications of the series include the official proceedings of the ALWS-conferences and of their special workshops. Theseries is open also for other high-quality publications, especially on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and its influence on contemporary systematic philosophy. more...