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Film, Art, and the Third Culture

by Murray Smith

In the mid-1950s C.P. Snow began his campaign against the 'two cultures' - the debilitating divide, as he saw it, between traditional 'literary intellectual' culture, and the culture of the sciences, urging...

The End of the World

by Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback & Susanna Lindberg

The 'end of the world' opens up philosophical questions concerning the very notion of the world, which is a fundamental element of all existential, phenomenological and hermeneutical philosophy. Is the 'end...

Hollywood Aesthetic

by Todd Berliner

Hollywood makes the most widely successful pleasure-giving artworks the world has ever known. The industry operates under the assumption that pleasurable aesthetic experiences, among huge populations, translate...

Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation

by Paul Standish & Naoko Saito

Translation exposes aspects of language that can easily be ignored, renewing the sense of the proximity and inseparability of language and thought. The ancient quarrel between philosophy and literature was an...

In Defense of Reading

by Sarah E. Worth

Why should we read? We assume that reading is good for us, but often we cannot articulate exactly what it does for us. In this fascinating book, Sarah Worth addresses from a philosophical perspective the many...

A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

by Edmund Burke

'A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful' is a 1757 treatise on aesthetics written by Edmund Burke. In short, the Beautiful, according to Burke, is what is well-formed...

A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour

All Ears

Aesthetic Pursuits

Art, Mind, and Narrative

Prophecies of Language

Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City

by Nick Dunn

Where now for the secret, the contemplative, the quiet and subterranean in our cities? The question may no longer be what spaces we wish to engage with but when are they?

Blackpentecostal Breath

by Ashon T. Crawley

In this profoundly innovative book, Ashon T. Crawley engages a wide range of critical paradigms from black studies, queer theory, and sound studies to theology, continental philosophy, and performance studies...

Aesthetic Disinterestedness: Art, Experience, and the Self

by Thomas Hilgers

The notion of disinterestedness is often conceived of as antiquated or ideological. In spite of this, Hilgers argues that one cannot reject it if one wishes to understand the nature of art. He claims that an...

The Principles of Art

by R. G. Collingwood

This early work by Robin G. Collingwood was originally published in 1923 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Principles of Art' is an academic work on the philosophy...

Claude Simon: Fashioning the Past by Writing the Present

by Alina Cherry

This book considers the aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical facets of a temporal paradox in the works of French novelist Claude Simon (1913-2005), and its broader implications for the study of narrative,...

The Total Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Inspirations

by David Imhoof & Margaret Eleanor Menninger

For two centuries, Gesamtkunstwerk-the ideal of the "total work of art"-has exerted a powerful influence over artistic discourse and practice, spurring new forms of collaboration and provoking debates over...

Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism: Continuities, Revisions, Speculations

by Bénédicte Coste, Catherine Delyfer & Christine Reynier

Charting the period that extends from the 1860s to the 1940s, this volume offers fresh perspectives on Aestheticism and Modernism. By acknowledging that both movements had a passion for the 'new', it goes beyond...

Thoughts on an Index Not Freely Given

by John Roberts

In this unprecedented ‘fictive’ construction of the work of five imaginary artists from the 1980s, John Roberts produces an exhilarating theoretical encounter between futures past and futures present.

The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization

by Tommy J. Curry

With a full introduction and textual commentary, this volume introduces William H. Ferris’s The African Abroad, a treatise on racial idealism, Black ethnology, and the evolution of Blacks from Negro to Negrosaxon,...