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Aesthetics

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  • Imagesby John V. Kulvicki

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    The problem of images ? how one thing can represent another ? has been a central issue in philosophy since Plato and preoccupied recent philosophers such as Wittgenstein. Essential reading for students and professional philosophers alike, the book also contains chapters summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary. more...

  • A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifulby Edmund Burke; Adam Phillips

    Oxford University Press, UK 1998; US$ 8.99

    An eloquent and sometimes even erotic book, the Philosophical Enquiry was long dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia. However, Burke's analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one of the first major works in European literature... more...

  • The British Aesthetic Traditionby Timothy M. Costelloe

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 28.00

    Offers a comprehensive account of British aesthetics from the early eighteenth century to the late twentieth century in Britain and beyond. more...

  • How the Materiality of Paint is Intrinsic to the Work of Artby Sharon Orleans Lawrence

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2013; US$ 159.95

    With the invention and ascendance of photography, film and telematics art, has the art of painting become redundant? This book centers on the argument that oil painting, as art-making, remains viable and necessary as a contemporary medium. It does so by examining the materiality present in paint and how it contributes to a viewer’s engagement... more...

  • The Sublimeby Timothy M. Costelloe

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 29.00

    This volume offers readers a unique and comprehensive overview of different theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives on 'the sublime'. more...

  • Shop Class as Soulcraftby Matthew B. Crawford

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 15.00

    A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" ( The Boston Globe ), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor.... more...

  • Community without Community in Digital Cultureby Charlie Gere

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 85.00

    Community Without Community in Digital Culture presents the view that our digital culture is determined not by greater connection, but by the separation and gap that is a necessary concomitant of our fundamental technicity. more...

  • The Emancipated Spectatorby Jacques Ranciere

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 17.95

    The theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience as aesthetically and politically passive. In response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent and the spectacle into a communal performance. In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Future of the Image , Rancière takes a radically different... more...

  • The Nonsense of Kant and Lewis Carrollby Ben-Ami Scharfstein

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    What if Immanuel Kant floated down from his transcendental heights, straight through Alice?s rabbit hole, and into the fabulous world of Lewis Carroll? For Ben-Ami Scharfstein this is a wonderfully instructive scenario and the perfect way to begin this wide-ranging collection of decades of startlingly synthesized thought. Combining a deep knowledge... more...

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Artby Robert Stecker

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2010; US$ 38.99

    Praised in its original edition for its up-to-date, rigorous presentation of current debates and for the clarity of its presentation, Robert Stecker's new edition of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art preserves the major themes and conclusions of the original, while expanding its content, providing new features, and enhancing accessibility. Described... more...