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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...


The Emancipated Spectator

by Jacques Rancière

The theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience as aesthetically and politically passive. In response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent...


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...


The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic

by Monique Roelofs

Aesthetic desire and distaste prime everyday life in surprising ways. The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic casts much-needed light on the complex mix of meanings our aesthetic activities weave into cultural...


The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture

by Nadir Lahiji

The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture brings together a respected team of philosophers and architecture scholars to ask what impact architecture has over today's culture and society. For...


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...


The Poetics of Phantasia: Imagination in Ancient Aesthetics

by Anne Sheppard

With a thorough examination of ancient views of literary and artistic realism, allegory and symbolism, The Poetics of Phantasia brings together a study of the ways in which the concept of imagination (phantasia...


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.


Art as Abstract Machine: Ontology and Aesthetics in Deleuze and Guattari

by Stephen Zepke

First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Deleuze on Music, Painting and the Arts

by Ronald Bogue

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse

by Niklas Forsberg

Language Lost and Found takes as its starting-point Iris Murdoch's claim that "we have suffered a general loss of concepts." By means of a thorough reading of Iris Murdoch's philosophy in the light of this difficulty,...


And Slowly Beauty

by Michel Nadeau & Maureen Labonté

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


The Poetic Imagination in Heidegger and Schelling

by Christopher Yates

By investigating the importance of the imagination in the thought of Schelling and Heidegger, Yate's study argues that Heidegger's later, more poetic, philosophy cannot be understood properly without appreciating...


Art, Language and Figure in Merleau-Ponty: Excursions in Hyper-Dialectic

by Rajiv Kaushik

Applying Merleau-Ponty's figured philosophy to discussions the work of Paul Klee and Cy Twombly, Kaushik offers an original view of artwork. As the first sustained treatment into the relationship between art...


By the Late John Brockman

by Mr. 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,...


Laocoon: An Essay upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing & Ellen Frothingham

In this essay on the origins, forms, and influences of painting and poetry, Lessing helped frame modern conceptions of the artistic medium, and founded our modernist assumptions of the uniqueness of the individual...


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.


The Sense of Beauty

by George Santayana

The great philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist masterfully offers his fascinating outline of Aesthetics Theory. Drawing on the art, literature, and social sciences involved, Santayana discusses the nature...


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...