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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.


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...


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'...


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,...


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, ethics and aesthetics....


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...


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 Steve G. Lofts, Antonio Calcagno & Jim Vernon

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 Béla Szabados

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 Metaphysics of Night: Recovering Soul, Renewing Humanism

by Matthew Del Nevo

Arguing for strong aesthetic values, Matthew Del Nevo defends and explains soul and soulful experience, the creation of depth, the ineffable, real presence, beauty, and saving words, noting that the sources...


Cognitive Media Theory

by Ted Nannicelli & Paul Taberham

Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question...


Historical Dictionary of Aesthetics

by Dabney Townsend

Aesthetics is not a 'factual' discipline; there are no aesthetic facts. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for 'feeling' and the discipline arises because of the need to find a place for the passions...


Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

by Elaine P. Miller

While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to...