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The Madman

by Kahlil Gibran

You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen,—the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven...


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.


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...


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

by 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...


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...


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 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.


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...


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...


And Slowly Beauty

by Michel Nadeau & Maureen Labonté

A complex and captivating dramatization of the powerful way art can transform our lives.


By the Late John Brockman

by John Brockman

A radical, experimental work that challenges the boundaries of poetry, philosophy, and science. First published in 1969, this new and expanded edition of John Brockman’s first book, By The Late John Brockman,...


Selections from the Journals

by Henry David Thoreau & Walter Harding

Masterly meditations on man, society, nature and many other subjects-expressed with verve and vigor in beautiful, poetic prose. Perfect entrée to Thoreau's thought. Introduction.


On the Aesthetic Education of Man

by Friedrich Schiller & Reginald Snell

A classic of 18th-century thought, Schiller's treatise defines the relationship between beauty and art. His proposal of art as fundamental to the development of society and the individual remains an influential...


Critique of Judgment

by Immanuel Kant & J. H. Bernard

Kant's attempt to establish the principles behind the faculty of judgment remains one of the most important works on human reason. This third of the philosopher's three Critiques forms the very basis of modern...


Rhetoric

by Aristotle & W. Rhys Roberts

In this seminal work of Western philosophy, Aristotle focuses on the use of language in persuasive argument. He identifies practical and aesthetic elements and their proper combination in an effective presentation....


George Santayana at 150: International Intepretations

by Jennifer A. Rea, Giuseppe Patella, Matthew C. Flamm & Daniel Pinkas et al.

Santayana at 150: International Interpretations is an anthology gathering seventeen scholar’s essays on the thought and life of Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana. Themes considered include: materialism,...