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.
Traces a conceptual history of critique in German philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present.
Examines experimental art and literature by women alongside psychoanalysis and philosophy to develop a new understanding of sublimation and aesthetic experience.
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.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
Proposes a distinctly American approach to aesthetic judgment and practice.
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.
Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.
Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary philosophy.
Presents a new and unique method for developing principles to be applied in creating and increasing value.
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.
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content.
Phenomenological analysis of beauty and art across various aspects of lived experience and culture.
Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.
An aesthetic and phenomenological account of feelings.
Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.
Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.
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.
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.
Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.
Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.
A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.
Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.
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.
Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.
Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.
Explores the continuities and discontinuities in the work of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze.
A study of the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment.
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.
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.
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.
Addresses the end of art and the task of metaphysics.
Examines the construction of vision in the works of Heraclitus, Plato, Descartes, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Nancy, and Derrida.
Uses the figure of the mad poet to explore the connections between madness and creativity.
Employs Derrida's critique of Hegel as the impetus for a new understanding of Hegel's concept of "spirit."
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.
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
Traces the early German Romantic origins of Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel.
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.
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.
Focuses on Nietzsche’s later writings, where he appears unsystematic and indifferent to questions of truth.
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 ...
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 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.
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, ...
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 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 ...
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 ...