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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.


The Animal That Therefore I Am

by Jacques Derrida

The Animal That Therefore I Am is the long-awaited translation of the complete text of Jacques Derrida's ten-hour address to the 1997 Cérisy conference entitled "The Autobiographical Animal," the third of...


Listening

by Jean-Luc Nancy

In this lyrical meditation on listening, Jean-Luc Nancy examines sound in relation to the human body. How is listening different from hearing? What does listening entail? How does what is heard differ from what...


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by Mary Wollstonecraft

M. Wollstonecraft was born in 1759. Her father was so great a wanderer, that the place of her birth is uncertain; she supposed, however, it was London, or Epping Forest: at the latter place she spent the first...


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'...


Kant's 'Critique of Aesthetic Judgement': A Reader's Guide

by Fiona Hughes

Kant's Critique of Judgment is one of the most important works in the history of philosophy. It is a classic text, in which Kant elucidates his aesthetic theory, and is an important piece of philosophical writing....


Foucault's Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity

by Joseph J. Tanke

Foucault's Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity tells the story of how art shed the tasks with which it had traditionally been charged in order to become modern. Joseph J. Tanke offers the first complete...


Aesthetics and Painting

by Jason Gaiger

Aesthetics and Painting introduces and opens up current debates and ideas in the aesthetics of painting. At the book's center is an investigation of the complex relationship between what a painting depicts and...


Aesthetics and Film

by Katherine Thomson-Jones

Aesthetics and Film is a philosophical study of the art of film. Its motivation is the recent surge of interest among analytic philosophers in the philosophical implications of central issues in film theory...


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...


European Aesthetics: A Critical Introduction from Kant to Derrida

by Robert L. Wicks

In this seminal study, Robert Wicks provides a sweeping survey of European Aesthetics over the last two hundred years. Presenting the theories of sixteen important continental thinkers including Kant, Nietzsche,...


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,...


Reverberations: The Philosophy, Aesthetics and Politics of Noise

by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan & Paul Hegarty

A groundbreaking collection that studies noise not merely as a sonic phenomenon but as an essential component of all communication and information systems.


The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought

by Nikolas Kompridis

Collection of essays that focuses on the influence of aesthetic theories and concepts on political theorizing.


Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance

by Tiger C. Roholt

Written by an experienced drummer and philosopher, Groove is a vivid and exciting study of one of music's most central and relatively unexplored aspects. Tiger C. Roholt explains why grooves, which are forged...


Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener

by David Toop

A major new work from one of the world's most erudite, intellectual, and influential thinkers and writers about sound and music.


The Madness of Vision: On Baroque Aesthetics

by Christine Buci-Glucksmann & Dorothy Z. Baker

Christine Buci-Glucksmann's The Madness of Vision is one of the most influential studies in phenomenological aesthetics of the baroque. Integrating the work of Merleau-Ponty with Lacanian psychoanalysis, Renaissance...


Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics

by Jay Patrick Starliper & Claes G. Ryn

While it is gaining  academic prominence, discussion of the imagination is too often neglected. Society is dangerously unaware of the intimate relationship between culture and politics, and between ethics...


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 Philosophy of Perception: Phenomenology and Image Theory

by Lambert Wiesing & Nancy Ann Roth

Lambert Wiesing's The Philosophy of Perception challenges current theories of perception. Instead of attempting to understand how a subject perceives the world, Wiesing starts by taking perception to be real....