Aesthetics

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The Holiday in His Eye

Presents an original, insightful, and compelling vision of the trajectory of Cavell's oeuvre, one that takes his kinship with Emerson as inextricably bound up with his ever-deepening thinking about movies.

Cognition and Practice

Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.

Wonder Strikes

By Steven E. Knepper
Foreword by William Desmond
Subjects: Philosophy

The first book-length examination of the prominent contemporary philosopher William Desmond's approach to aesthetics, art, and literature.

Between Celan and Heidegger

Probing reassessment of the relation between Celan's poetry and Heidegger's thought.

Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters

A novel fusing of multiple approaches and range of examples exploring the dimensions, objects, and import of aesthetic encounters.

Critique in German Philosophy

Traces a conceptual history of critique in German philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present.

The Aesthetic Clinic

Examines experimental art and literature by women alongside psychoanalysis and philosophy to develop a new understanding of sublimation and aesthetic experience.

Tastemakers and Tastemaking

Considers how and why taste persists in the analysis of Mexican film and television by looking at key figures and their impact on the curation of violence.

Reconsidering the Life of Power

Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.

American Aesthetics

Proposes a distinctly American approach to aesthetic judgment and practice.

Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery

A study of the significance of the visual arts in Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics in relation to the work of five artists not known or discussed by him.

Capital in the Mirror

Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.

Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy

Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary philosophy.

Hyperthematics

Presents a new and unique method for developing principles to be applied in creating and increasing value.

Merleau-Ponty and Nishida

By Adam Loughnane
Subjects: Philosophy

Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida in dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression.

Philosophy-Screens

Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.

Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom

Shows the relevance of Schiller’s thought for contemporary philosophy, particularly aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

Thinking the Inexhaustible

Essays address the major themes of Pareyson’s hermeneutic philosophy in the context of his existentialist approach to personhood.

Unmaking The Making of Americans

By E. L. McCallum
Subjects: Philosophy

Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.

Adorno's Poetics of Form

A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.

Expressing the Heart's Intent

Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.

Imagination, Music, and the Emotions

By Saam Trivedi
Subjects: Philosophy

Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content.

Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding

Phenomenological analysis of beauty and art across various aspects of lived experience and culture.

Beyond Beauty

Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.

Quasi-Things

An aesthetic and phenomenological account of feelings.

Brechtian Cinemas

Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.

The Tragedy of Philosophy

Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.

Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World

By Glen A. Mazis
Subjects: Philosophy

Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others.

Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience.

Encounters with Godard

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film and ethics.

The Flesh of Images

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

Wonder

By Sophia Vasalou
Subjects: History

Synthesizes the most important recent work on wonder and brings a number of disciplines into conversation.

B Is for Bad Cinema

Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.

Social Contract, Masochist Contract

By Fayçal Falaky
Subjects: Literature

Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

How to Escape

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Dramatic Experiments

A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.

Redeeming Words

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.

Hegel's Theory of Imagination

A comprehensive account of the role of the imagination in Hegel's philosophy.

Aesthetics of the Virtual

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

Enchanting

Explores how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world.

Mimesis and Reason

Excavates the experiential structure of Habermas’s communicative action.

The Unconcept

Explores the conceptualization of the Freudian uncanny in various late-twentieth-century theoretical and critical discourses (literary studies, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, art history, trauma studies, architecture, etc.).

Figures of Simplicity

A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language

Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.

Mediumism

Explores the contemporary pedagogical significance of modernism.

Sense and Finitude

Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.

Aesthetics of Anxiety

Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.

Bergson-Deleuze Encounters

Explores the continuities and discontinuities in the work of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze.

The Problem of Free Harmony in Kant's Aesthetics

A study of the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment.

Three Documentary Filmmakers

Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.

Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul

Explores the theme of aesthetic agency and its potential for social and political progress.

The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation

By Robert E. Carter
Foreword by Eliot Deutsch
Subjects: Asian Studies

Explores how spiritual values are learned and mind and body developed through the practice of the Japanese arts.

Between Transcendence and Historicism

Argues that the concept of the ethical is central to Hegel’s philosophy of art.

Lyrical and Ethical Subjects

A wide-ranging attempt to develop a theory of ethical life from a hermeneutic understanding of language.

Deleuze's Wake

Focuses on Deleuze's style, his conception of the self, and his understanding of philosophy's relationship to the arts.

Chinese Aesthetics and Literature

Featuring the work of renowned scholars, this anthology provides an introduction to Chinese aesthetics and literature.

Art, Origins, Otherness

Addresses the end of art and the task of metaphysics.

Vision's Invisibles

Examines the construction of vision in the works of Heraclitus, Plato, Descartes, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Nancy, and Derrida.

The Abyss Above

Uses the figure of the mad poet to explore the connections between madness and creativity.

Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit

Employs Derrida's critique of Hegel as the impetus for a new understanding of Hegel's concept of "spirit."

Hegel and Aesthetics

Leading scholars consider Hegel's philosophy of art and its contemporary significance.

Mediterranean Perspectives

Edited by Robert M. Berchman
Subjects: Philosophy

Characterize several lines of intellectual development by which some of the fundamental features of ancient, medieval, and modern pictures of God, Nature, Beauty, the State, and the Self came to be accepted as common knowledge in the Mediterranean world today.

Creativity and Spirituality

Drawing from six living faiths, this book philosophically analyzes relations between art and religion in order to explain how the concepts "art," "beauty," "creativity," and "aesthetic experience" find their place or counterparts in religious discourse

Fragments of the Feminine Sublime in Friedrich Schlegel and James Joyce

Traces the early German Romantic origins of Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel.

Tragedy and Comedy

The first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy, this book also develops an original theory of both genres.

Agonistics

Focuses on a very significant psycho-cultural concept (that of "agonistics" or "contestatory creativity") with ramifications in several areas of the postmodern debate: cultural philosophy, psychologies of race, gender and the body, and narratology.

The Gift of Truth

Reexamines the good, tracing the history of the idea of truth as an ethical movement, and interpreting the good as nature's abundance, giving beauty and truth as gifts.

Stylistics

Presents a systematic theory of the artforms (symbolic, classical, and romantic), providing a way of addressing contemporary art and sketching a theory of the individual arts.

Nietzsche's Aesthetic Turn

Focuses on Nietzsche’s later writings, where he appears unsystematic and indifferent to questions of truth.

The Orphic Moment

This book examines Orpheus as a figure who bridges the experience of the Greek tribal shaman and the modern poet Stéphane Mallarmé, the father of modernism. First mentioned in 600 B.C., Orpheus was ...

The Gothic Sublime

This book reads the Gothic corpus with a thoroughly postmodern critical apparatus, pointing out that the Gothic Sublime anticipates our own doomed desire to pass beyond the hyperreal. A highly sophisticated ...

The Poetics of the Common Knowledge

The Poetics of Common Knowledge focuses on Descartes, Hegel, Freud, and the information theorists, on the one hand, and the poets of the American avant-garde, on the other. This book is a call literally ...

Critifiction

Examines how, beginning in the 1960s up to the present, a new type of fiction was created in America, but also in Europe and Latin America, in response to the cultural, social, and political turmoil of the time.

Remaining in Light

This is the first sustained, critical examination of the work of Edward Hopper, a major twentieth-century American painter. It is a sequence of meditations on his painting "A Woman in the Sun." Each meditation, ...

Contextual Authority and Aesthetic Truth

This book explores the relationship between authority and context and attempts to establish the ways in which authority is a function of a particular agent or set of agents, and the degree to which it ...

Philosophy and Its Others

Philosophy and its Others responds to the widespread sense that philosophy must renew its intellectual community with other significant ways of being and mind. The author articulates philosophy's community ...

The Aesthetics of Excess

This book investigates the reciprocal and often transgressive relations between rhetorical figures and libidinal activity. The works of Nietzsche, Artaud, Bataille, Klossowski, and Sade are reconsidered ...

Art and the Absolute

Art and the Absolute restores Hegel's aesthetics to a place of central importance in the Hegelian system. In so doing, it brings Hegel into direct relation with the central thrust of contemporary philosophy. ...

The Nature of Aesthetic Value

The Nature of Aesthetic Value proposes that aesthetic goodness, the property in virtue of which works of art are valuable, is a matter of their capacity in appropriate circumstances to give satisfaction. ...

Experience as Art

Joseph Kupfer removes aesthetics from the exclusive province of museums, concert halls, and the periphery of human interests to reveal the impact of aesthetic experience on daily living. He combines philosophical ...