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Productive Imagination

by Saulius Geniusas & Dmitri Nikulin

Although the concept of productive imagination plays a fundamental role in Kant, German Idealism, Romanticism, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, the meaning of this central concept remains largely undetermined....

Art of the Ordinary

by Richard Deming

Cutting across literature, film, art, and philosophy, Art of the Ordinary is a trailblazing, cross-disciplinary engagement with the ordinary and the everyday. Because, writes Richard Deming, the ordinary is...

Perfect Me!

by Heather Widdows

The demand to be beautiful is increasingly important in today's visual and virtual culture. Rightly or wrongly, being perfect has become an ethical ideal to live by, and according to which we judge ourselves...

Stretching the Limits of Productive Imagination

by Saulius Geniusas

How has the concept of productive imagination been developed in post-Kantian philosophy? This important and innovative volume explores this question, with particular focus on hermeneutics, phenomenology and...

The Path of Prosperity

by James Allen & GP Editors

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of self-help movement. Allen insists upon the power of the individual to form his own character and...

Choreographies of the Living

by Carrie Rohman

Choreographies of the Living explores the implications of shifting from viewing art as an exclusively human undertaking to recognizing it as an activity that all living creatures enact. Carrie Rohman reveals...

Deleuze and the Humanities

by Rosi Braidotti, Kin Yuen Wong & Amy K. S. Chan

The volume is inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical project, which builds on the critique of European Humanism and opens up inspiring new perspectives for the renewal of the field. The book gathers leading...


by Paolo D'Angelo

The essence of art is to conceal art. For instance, a dancer or musician does not just need to perform with expressiveness and ability. There should also be a lack of visible effort to give an impression of...

Aristotle: The Complete Works

by Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and student of Plato who stunningly changed the course of Western philosophy. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Cicero,...

On Music, Value and Utopia

by Stan Erraught

Adorno’s writings are often the starting point for the teaching of popular music studies, usually passing swiftly on, after concluding that ‘he didn’t listen to the right jazz’ or ‘he was a snob’....

Art and Authority

by K. E. Gover

People engage with authored works all the time. They buy paintings, read books, and download songs. They might even be artists themselves. And yet they tend to take the concept of authorship for granted. The...

The Complete Works of Aristotle

by Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and student of Plato who stunningly changed the course of Western philosophy. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Cicero,...

Plato: The Complete Works

by Plato

Plato was a philosopher in Ancient Greece. He was an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher...

Plato: The Complete Works

by Plato

This ebook contains Plato's complete works. This edition has been professionally formatted and contains several tables of contents. The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the...

Living Off Landscape

by François Jullien & Pedro Rodríguez

Is it only through vision that we can perceive a landscape? Is the space opened by the landscape truly an expanse cut off by the horizon? Do we observe a landscape in the way that we watch a 'show'? What, ultimately,...

Chiasmatic Encounters

by Pajari Räsänen, Kristian Klockars, Sara Heinämaa & Arto Haapala et al.

The concept of chiasm has played major role in continental philosophy where it has referred to various phenomenological and hermeneutic structures of reversibility, intertwining, and encounter. In the book Chiasmatic...

New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics

by Minh Nguyen, Akiko Takenaka, Yuriko Saito & Robert E. Carter et al.

This collection presents twenty-seven new essays in Japanese aesthetics by leading experts in the field. Beginning with an extended foreword by the renowned scholar and artist Stephen Addiss and a comprehensive...

The Aesthetics of Food

by Kevin W. Sweeney

The Aesthetics of Food sets out the continuing philosophical debate about the aesthetic nature of food. The debate begins with Plato’s claim that only objects of sight and hearing could be beautiful; consequently,...

Novel Style

by Ben Masters

We live in a time of linguistic plainness. This is the age of the tweet and the internet meme; the soundbite, the status, the slogan. Everything reduced to its most basic components. Stripped back. Pared down....

Seeing and Being Seen

by Joshua Coleman

Contemporary environmental Philosophy has overwhelmingly continued certain materialist assumptions toward nature. In its pursuit to better use nature’s material offering for future generations, there remains...