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Aesthetics

The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain de Botton ~ Paperback / softback

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our e...

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The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music
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Dedicated to Richard Wagner, this book is rich in Nietzsche's enthusiasms for Greek literature and especially tragedy, for Schopenhauer and Wagner's "Tristan Und Isolde". Its central vision is the idea that "only as an aesthetic phenomenon are existence and the world justified". ...

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The Lady Who Was Beautiful Inside
by Edward Monkton ~ Hardback

The lady had seen the power of the beauty inside her. And from then on, everywhere she went, loveliness happened. For she did have a very beautiful beauty indeed." --The Lady Who Was Beautiful Inside * The perfect, any-occasion gift book for every woman in your life. With beauty magazines boasting...

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On Beauty
by Umberto Eco ~ Paperback / softback

On Beauty is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics, but Umberto Eco draws on both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed us from the classical world to modern times. In terms of form and style, On Beauty has been conceived for a vast and diverse readership...

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On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (Dodo...
by Arthur Schopenhauer ~ Paperback / softback

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German philosopher best known for his work The World as Will and Representation. He responded to and expanded upon Immanuel Kant's philosophy concerning the way in which we experience the world. His critique of Kant, his creative solutions to the problems of hum...

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Modernism: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Butler ~ Paperback / softback

Modernism ushered in some of the most exciting innovations in art and literature, from Fauvism, Cubism, and Dada, to the novels of James Joyce and Franz Kafka, to such provocative works as Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain." But Modernism also left many people puzzled in its wake. How can a routine bathroo...

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Middle Mind Why Americans Dont Think for
by Curtis White ~ Hardback

Acclaimed social critic Curtis White describes an all-encompassing and little-noticed force taking over our culture and our lives that he calls the Middle Mind: the current failure of the American imagination in the media, politics, education, art, technology, and religion. Irreverent, provocative, ...

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The Invisible Dragon
by Dave Hickey ~ Paperback / softback

"The Invisible Dragon" made a lot of noise for a little book. When it was originally published in 1993 it was championed by artists for its forceful call for a reconsideration of beauty - and savaged by more theoretically oriented critics who dismissed the very concept of beauty as naive, igniting a...

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Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
by G W F Hegel ~ Paperback

No philosopher has held a higher opinion of art than Hegel, yet nor was any so profoundly pessimistic about its prospects despite living in the German golden age of Goethe, Mozart and Schiller. For if the artists of classical Greece could find the perfect fusion of content and form, modernity faced ...

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New Philosophies of Film
by Robert Sinnerbrink ~ Paperback / softback

This title gives a critical exploration of analytic and Continental philosophies of film, which puts film-philosophy into practice with detailed discussions of three filmmakers. The relationship between film and philosophy has become a topic of intense intellectual interest. But how should we unders...

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Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
by Immanuel Kant ~ Paperback

2011 Reprint of 1949 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Also known as "The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals." This is Kant's first contribution to moral philosophy. It argues for an a priori basis for morality. Where the "Critique...

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The Myth of the Twentieth Century
by Alfred Rosenberg ~ Paperback / softback

The Myth of the Twentieth Century (German: Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts) by Alfred Rosenberg, one of the principal ideologues of the Nazi party and editor of the Nazi paper V lkischer Beobachter. It was the most influential Nazi text after Hitler's Mein Kampf. The titular "myth" is "the m...

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The Artist's Reality
by Mark Rothko ~ Paperback / softback

A recently discovered book manuscript by the celebrated artist Mark Rothko offering a landmark discussion of his views on topics ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary art, criticism, and the role of art and artists in society One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Mark ...

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Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction
by Cynthia A. Freeland ~ Paperback / softback

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, m...

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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
by Roger Scruton ~ Paperback / softback

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of b...

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Media and Formal Cause
by Marshall McLuhan ~ Paperback / softback

Reviews No one understood causality, whether Aristotelian or electric, like Marshall McLuhan. Now, in Media and Formal Cause, no one reveals understanding of formal cause in the digital environment better than McLuhan's protege son, Eric. In the foreword, Lance Strate writes that M. McLuhan's Unde...

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Modern Japanese Aesthetics
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Modern Japanese Aesthetics is the first work in English on the history of the Japanese philosophy of art, from its inception in the 1870s to the present. In addition to the historical information and discussion of aesthetic issues that appear in the introductions to each of the chapters, the book pr...

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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful
by Edmund Burke ~ Paperback / softback

Edmund Burke was one of the foremost philosophers of the eighteenth century and wrote widely on aesthetics, politics and society. In this landmark work, he propounds his theory that the sublime and the beautiful should be regarded as distinct and wholly separate states -- the first, an experience in...

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Shop Class as Soulcraft
by Matthew B Crawford ~ Paperback / softback

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" by The Boston Globe, Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reapprai...

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Writings on Art
by Mark Rothko ~ Hardback

The first collection of Mark Rothko's writings, which range the entire span of his career While the collected writings of many major 20th-century artists, including Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, and Ad Reinhardt, have been published, Mark Rothko's writings have only recently come to light, be...

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Strange Tools
by Alva Noe ~ Hardback

A philosopher makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating ourselves What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about ourselves? Normally, we look to works of art in order to answer these fundamental questions. But what if the objects themselves are not w...

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Introducing Aesthetics
by Christopher Kul-Want ~ Paperback / softback

What is beauty, and what is truth? These are some of the questions which aesthetics tries to answer. In our everyday life, we talk about the 'aesthetics' of an artwork or a piece of design. But aesthetics goes beyond the simple experience of art. More than a simple response, it is also a branch of p...

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Beauty Matters
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Beauty has captured human interest since before Plato, but how, why, and to whom does beauty matter in today's world? whose standard of beauty motivates African Americans to straighten their hair? what inspire beauty queens to measure up as flawless objects for the male gaze? why does a French perfo...

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Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Critical Visions, Creative...
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While much feminist philosophy is enjoying third- and fourth-wave developments building on its scholarly roots forged in the 1960's and 1970's, feminist theoretical work has taken what seems an exceptionally long time to break into the stubborn areas of aesthetics and philosophy of art. Aesthetics m...

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The Philosophy of Literature
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Essential readings in the philosophy of literature are brought together for the first time in this anthology. * Contains forty-five substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts. * Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past thirty years, including ...

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In Praise of Shadows
by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki ~ Paperback / softback

This is an essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. The text ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of p...

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Wabi Sabi
by Diane Durston ~ Paperback / softback

Embrace tranquil simplicity, rustic elegance, and imperfect beauty. Diane Durston's meditation on the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi will inspire you to focus on the blessings hiding in your daily life. Celebrating the way things are rather than how they should be, Durston encourages you to bask i...

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Aesthetics
by Monroe C Beardsley ~ Paperback / softback

This second edition features a new 48-page Afterword--1980 updating Professor Beardsley's classic work.

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The Arts and Sciences of Criticism
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This collection reflects on developments in criticism which bear on a debate between different modes of knowledge: a science model and its place in the university versus other ways of conceiving knowledge for which the arts have traditionally been seen as vehicles. Discussion ranges widely with cont...

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Works and Worlds of Art
by Nicholas Wolterstorff ~ Hardback

In this book the author treats art as an action performed by the artist as agent, rather than examining it from the point of view of its audience as contemplators.

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Judging Lyotard
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Best known for his work The Postmodern Condition , Jean-Francois Lyotard is one of the leading figures in contemporary French philosophy. This is the first collection of articles to offer an estimation and critique of his work. While the various chapters deal with different aspects of Lyotard's wri...

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Framing Theory's Empire
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FRAMING THEORY'S EMPIRE started life as a "book event"-an online, roundtable-style symposium on THEORY'S EMPIRE (Columbia UP, 2005). Two dozen contributors offered reviews, criticism, and commentary. Now in book form, it includes a preface by Scott McLemee and afterthoughts from THEORY'S EMPIRE'S ed...

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Inquiries
by Steven H Propp ~ Paperback

Does God exist? Is there life after death? Do we have free wills? What is consciousness? Are animals and computers

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The Act of Reading
by Wolfgang Iser ~ Paperback / softback

Iser examines what happens during the reading process, and how it is basic to the development of a theory of aesthetic response, setting in motion a chain of events that depends both on the text and the exercise of certain human faculties.

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Everyday Aesthetics
by Yuriko Saito ~ Hardback

Everyday aesthetic experiences and concerns occupy a large part of our aesthetic life. However, because of their prevalence and mundane nature, we tend not to pay much attention to them, let alone examine their significance. Western aesthetic theories of the past few centuries also neglect everyday...

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Timeless Beauty
by John Lane ~ Paperback / softback

Once people were instinctively tuned to the beautiful. In those distant days before the advent of the motor car and the washing machine, the electric toothbrush and the wheel, craftsmen and musicians, masons and poets, painters and dancers simply did not know how to make an ugly thing; they could no...

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Beyond Aesthetics
by Noel Carroll ~ Hardback

Beyond Aesthetics brings together philosophical essays addressing art and related issues by one of the foremost philosophers of art at work today. Countering conventional aesthetic theories--those maintaining that authorial intention, art history, morality and emotional responses are irrelevant to ...

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Levi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics
by Boris Wiseman ~ Hardback

In a wide-ranging 2007 study of Claude Levi-Strauss's aesthetic thought, Boris Wiseman demonstrates not only its centrality within his oeuvre but also the importance of Levi-Strauss for contemporary aesthetic enquiry. Reconstructing the internal logic of Levi-Strauss's thinking on aesthetics, and sh...

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French Literature, Thought and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
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This volume adopts a varied approach to the study of the 'material world' in the French literature, thought and visual arts of the 19th century. Contributors look not only at the Romantic and Realist transcendence of the Neo-classical heritage of abstraction and idealism, but also adopt modern criti...

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Beyond Aesthetics
by Noel Carroll ~ Paperback / softback

Beyond Aesthetics brings together philosophical essays addressing art and related issues by one of the foremost philosophers of art at work today. Countering conventional aesthetic theories - those maintaining that authorial intention, art history, morality and emotional responses are irrelevant to ...

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$136.00