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10/40/70: Constraint as Liberation in the Era of Digital Film Theory

by Nicholas Rombes

A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.


Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama

Comparing the Kantian sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian, Erman Kaplama introduces two new principles to philosophy of art: transition and motion. Drawing on the Heraclitean logos and phusis, he explores the...


Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant S Pragmatist Legacy

by Jennifer A McMahon

In this book, McMahon argues that a reading of Kant's body of work in the light of a pragmatist theory of meaning and language (which arguably is a Kantian legacy) leads one to put community reception ahead...


Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

by Allen Carlson

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics,...


Aesthetic Sexuality: A Literary History of Sadomasochism

by Romana Byrne

To understand why the concept of aesthetic sexuality is important, we must consider the influence of the first volume of Foucault's seminal The History of Sexuality. Arguing against Foucault's assertions that...


Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

by Philip Kitcher

Published in 1913, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. In the 1970s, Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera, and Lucchino Visconti turned it into a successful...


Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship

by Jinhee Choi & Mattias Frey

This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators' affective and emotional...


Refractions of Violence

by Martin Jay

A new collection of essays by the internationally recognized cultural critic and intellectual historian Martin Jay that revolves around the themes of violence and visuality, with essays on the Holocaust and...


Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

by Stefan Jonsson

Between 1918 and 1933, the masses became a decisive preoccupation of European culture, fueling modernist movements in art, literature, architecture, theater, and cinema, as well as the rise of communism, fascism,...


Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music

by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan & Nicola Spelman

Resonances is a compelling collection of new essays by scholars, writers and musicians, all seeking to explore and enlighten this field of study. Noise seems to stand for a lack of aesthetic grace, to alienate...


Rhapsody For The Theatre

by Alain BADIOU & Bruno Bosteels

For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject. In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre...


Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society

by John Lane

This is a book about simplicity; not destitution, parsimoniousness, or self-denial, but the restoration of wealth in the midst of an affluence in which we are starving the spirit. It is about the advantages...


Vertigo

by Katalin Makkai

Released in 1958, Vertigo is widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece and one of the greatest films of all time. This is the first book devoted to exploring the philosophical aspects of Vertigo. Following...


Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently

by Hilde Hein

By considering the museum itself as art, rather than as a receptacle, Hein's Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently argues for an improved understanding of the role museums play in shaping public discourse....


Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art

by Richard Shusterman

This much acclaimed book has emerged as neo-pragmatism's most significant contribution to contemporary aesthetics. By articulating a deeply embodied notion of aesthetic experience and the art of living, and...


Political Blind Spots: Reading the Ideology of Images

by Raphael Sassower & Louis Cicotello

In order to better understand the conditions of the twenty-first century Raphael Sassower and Louis Cicotello revisit the twentieth century in Political Blind Spots: Reading the Ideology of Images. Sassower...


Moral Vision: How Everyday Life Shapes Ethical Thinking

by Duane L. Cady

Moral Thinking is critical of mainstream academic ethics for being pretty nearly stuck on Kant and Mill, for neglecting nonviolence (Gandhi and King), for nearly neglecting the women's movement (it is not yet...


Filmosophy

by Daniel Frampton

Filmosophy is a provocative new manifesto for a radically philosophical way of understanding cinema. It coalesces twentieth-century ideas of film as thought (from Hugo Münsterberg to Gilles Deleuze) into a...


Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture

by Prudence J. Jones

This study examines rivers as a literary phenomenon, particularly in the poetry of Vergil. It first considers the Greco-Roman understanding of the river in its primary symbolic roles, cosmological, ritual and...


Making Sense: A Theory of Interpretation

by Paul Thom

Critics and artists claim the title of 'interpreter' for themselves. Scientists do not so readily describe themselves in this way. But is the formulation of explanatory hypotheses in science so different from...