Examines how philosophical concepts like free will, personal identity, and goodness are given an artistic life in films and television programs.
Argues that, to make progress within environmental ethics, philosophers must explicitly engage in environmental metaphysics.
Offers a fresh approach to the problem of the human figure in an age of digital cinema.
Argues that truth, moral right, political right, and aesthetic value may be understood as arising out of a naturalist account of humanity, if naturalism is rightly conceived.
Reconsiders the figure of synaesthesia, understood as the combination of the senses and of the arts, in philosophy and literature.
Reevaluates Western and Chinese philosophical traditions to question the boundaries of entrenched conceptual frameworks.
The definitive philosophical exploration of the work of pioneering filmmaker Terrence Malick.
Explores the importance of the body and the senses in educational encounters, drawing out the aesthetic and political dimensions of educational practices.
Explores the potential for a novel philosophy of history to be uncovered by tracing the connections between Giorgio Agamben's work (theoretical practice) and contemporary art (artistic practice).
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.
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
The first book-length examination of the prominent contemporary philosopher William Desmond's approach to aesthetics, art, and literature.
Probing reassessment of the relation between Celan's poetry and Heidegger's thought.
A novel fusing of multiple approaches and range of examples exploring the dimensions, objects, and import of aesthetic encounters.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
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.
Examines experimental art and literature by women alongside psychoanalysis and philosophy to develop a new understanding of sublimation and aesthetic experience.
Traces a conceptual history of critique in German philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present.
Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.
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.
Proposes a distinctly American approach to aesthetic judgment and practice.
Presents a new and unique method for developing principles to be applied in creating and increasing value.
Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary 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.
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.
Shows the relevance of Schiller’s thought for contemporary philosophy, particularly aesthetics, ethics, and politics.
Essays address the major themes of Pareyson’s hermeneutic philosophy in the context of his existentialist approach to personhood.
Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.
A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.
Phenomenological analysis of beauty and art across various aspects of lived experience and culture.
Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content.
Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Explores the science and creative process behind Poe’s cosmological treatise.
An aesthetic and phenomenological account of feelings.
Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.
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.
Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.
Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience.
A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film and ethics.
Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.
Synthesizes the most important recent work on wonder and brings a number of disciplines into conversation.
Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.
Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.
Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.
A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.
A comprehensive account of the role of the imagination in Hegel's philosophy.
Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.
Explores how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world.
Excavates the experiential structure of Habermas’s communicative action.
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.).
A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.
Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.
Explores the contemporary pedagogical significance of modernism.
Examines images of horror in Victorian fiction, criticism, and philosophy.
Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.
Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.
Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.
A study of the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment.
Explores the continuities and discontinuities in the work of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze.
Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.
Explores the theme of aesthetic agency and its potential for social and political progress.
Explores how spiritual values are learned and mind and body developed through the practice of the Japanese arts.
A philosophical exploration of the power that poetry, music, and the erotic have on us.
Examines the German poet Hölderlin’s philosophical insights into tragedy.
Addresses ethical and aesthetic issues in three major works by Henry James.
Explores the role of a significant yet elusive feature of the French landscape in literature, philosophy, and art.
Argues that the concept of the ethical is central to Hegel’s philosophy of art.
A wide-ranging attempt to develop a theory of ethical life from a hermeneutic understanding of language.
Stanley Cavell's most important writings on cinema, collected together for the first time in one volume.
Explores philosophical ideas through an examination of popular film.
Examines the relations among knowledge, politics, aesthetics, and individuality.
Focuses on Deleuze's style, his conception of the self, and his understanding of philosophy's relationship to the arts.
Featuring the work of renowned scholars, this anthology provides an introduction to Chinese aesthetics and literature.
Examines the construction of vision in the works of Heraclitus, Plato, Descartes, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Nancy, and Derrida.
Leading scholars relate Neoplatonism to contemporary social theory, aesthetics, and spirituality.
Leading scholars consider Hegel's philosophy of art and its contemporary significance.
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.
Argues that the importance of Kant's aesthetic theory must be understood in the context of a radical critique of subjectivity.
Investigates the intellectual affinities of Adorno and Nietzsche, culminating in a discussion of their readings of Wagner, who serves as a medium and supplement for their critiques of modern culture.
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 and experience.
The first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy, this book also develops an original theory of both genres.
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.
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.
Offers readable case studies in postmodern economics, philosophy, literary criticism, feminism, pedagogy, poetry, painting, historiography, and cultural studies, showing disorganization as characteristic of postmodern times.
This is a multicultural philosophy of art applied to common American and European experience and discussed in relation to Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, and African traditions.
Focuses on Nietzsche’s later writings, where he appears unsystematic and indifferent to questions of truth.
This book studies the close connections between politics, culture, art, and philosophy in seventeenth-century Europe. As an emblem of this interrelationship, the author has chosen the phenomenon of the ...
This anthology has been significantly expanded for this edition to include a wider range of contemporary issues. The most important addition is a new section on multicultural theory, including important ...
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 ...
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.
In this book Miller challenges contemporary aesthetic theory to include gardens in an expanded definition of art. She provides a radical critique of three central tenets within current intellectual debate: ...
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 ...
Discusses the ethical aspects of literature.
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 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 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. ...
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 ...