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Philosophy, Myth and Epic Cinema: Beyond Mere Illusions

by Sylvie Magerstädt

A philosophical discussion of cinema’s power to create positive illusions and myths, drawing on Nietzsche, Kracauer and Deleuze.


Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...


Subjects and Simulations: Between Baudrillard and Lacoue-Labarthe

by Hugh J. Silverman, Anne O'Byrne, Stephen David Ross & Alina Clej et al.

Subjects and Simulations presents essays focused on suffering and sublimity, representation and subjectivity, and the relation of truth and appearance through engagement with the legacies of Jean Baudrillard...


On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...


Raw: Architectural Engagements with Nature

by Solveig Bøe, Hege Charlotte Faber & Brit Strandhagen

Nature inheres in many aesthetic forms of expression. In architecture, however, nature emerges with a particular power and clarity, which makes architecture a raw kind of art. Thus, by using the concept of 'raw'...


Metaphor and Metaphilosophy: Philosophy as Combat, Play, and Aesthetic Experience

by Dr. Sarah A. Mattice

Sarah A. Mattice develops a comparative intervention in contemporary metaphilosophy. Drawing on resources from hermeneutics, cognitive linguistics, aesthetics, and Chinese philosophy, she explores how philosophical...


Photography and Its Violations

by John Roberts

Theorists critique photography for “objectifying” its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography’s violating powers and aesthetic...


The Philosophies of Richard Wagner

by Julian Young

Julian Young presents Richard Wagner as an important philosopher of art and life, first as a utopian anarchist-communist and later as a Schopenhauerian pessimist. Understanding Wagner’s philosophy is crucial...


Aesthetics: A Beginner's Guide

by Charles Taliaferro

What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share mp3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction,...


Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.


Radical History and the Politics of Art

by Gabriel Rockhill

Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge,...


The Element of Fire (Routledge Revivals): Science, Art and the Human World

by Anthony O'Hear

First published in 1988, the aim of this book can be stated in Nietzsche's words: 'To look at science from the perspective of the artist, but at art from that of life'. The title contests the notions that science...


Metaphysics: The Key Concepts

by Helen Beebee & Nikk Effingham

Ever wondered about Gunk, Brains in a Vat or Frankfurt's Nefarious Neurosurgeon? With complete explanations of these terms and more Metaphysics: The Key Concepts is an accessible and engaging introduction to...


The Triadic Structure of the Mind: Outlines of a Philosophical System

by Francesco Belfiore

The Triadic Structure of the Mind provides a philosophical system that offers fresh solutions in the fields of ontology, knowledge, ethics, and politics. The second edition includes a more extensive treatment...


Foundations of the Everyday: Shock, Deferral, Repetition

by Eran Dorfman

A highly original and interdisciplinary study of the philosophy of the everyday.


Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze/Guattari and the Arts

by Antonio Calcagno, Jim Vernon & Steve G. Lofts

A rich collection of critical essays, authored by philosophers and practicing artists, examining Deleuze and Guattari's engagement with a broad range of art forms.


On Being in the World (Routledge Revivals): Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Seeing Aspects

by Stephen Mulhall

On Being in the World, first published in 1990, illumines a neglected but important area of Wittgenstein's philosophy, revealing its pertinence to the central concerns of contemporary analytic philosophy.

The...


Wittgenstein at the Movies: Cinematic Investigations

by Christina Stojanova, Béla Szabados, Daniel Steuer & Michael O'Pray et al.

Wittgenstein at the Movies is centered on in-depth explorations of two intriguing experimental films on Wittgenstein: Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein and PZter ForgOcs' Wittgenstein Tractatus. The featured essays...


The Opacity of Narrative

by Peter Lamarque

What is narrative? What is distinctive about the great literary narratives? In virtue of what is a narrative fictional or non-fictional? In this important new book Peter Lamarque, one of the leading philosophers...


Sociology of Culture and Cultural Practices: The Transformative Power of Institutions

by Laurent Fleury, Michael Lavin & Terry Nichols Clark

In Sociology of Culture and of Cultural Practices, Laurent Fleury presents a synthesis of research and debate from France and the United States. He traces the development of the sociology of culture from its...