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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
by Matthew B. Crawford
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"Every revolution in communication technology—from papyrus to the printing press to Twitter—is as much an opportunity to be drawn away from something as it is to be drawn toward something. And yet, as we embrace technology's gifts, we usually... (read more)

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In Praise of Shadows
In Praise of Shadows
by Junichiro Tanizaki
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“Tanizaki captures in an amusing, flowing commentary on beauty, architecture, drama, food, feminine beauty, and many other aspects of Japanese life the uneasy mixing of two clashing esthetic traditions.”  —Edwin O. Reischauer... (read more)

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On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books)
On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books)
by William H Gass
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William H. Gass (b. 1924) is an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002)... (read more)

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Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
by Darren Hudson Hick
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Guiding readers through major problems, issues and debates in aesthetics, this is a bias-free introduction for students studying the philosophy of art for the first time. Each chapter of the book begins by considering a particular work of art - from... (read more)

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Bento's Sketchbook (11 Edition)
Bento's Sketchbook (11 Edition)
by Berger John
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Bento's Sketchbook is an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.... (read more)

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On Beauty and Being Just
On Beauty and Being Just
by Elaine Scarry
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Have we become beauty-blind? For two decades or more in the humanities, various political arguments have been put forward against beauty: that it distracts us from more important issues; that it is the handmaiden of privilege; and that it masks political... (read more)

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Comic Relief (09 Edition)
Comic Relief (09 Edition)
by John Morreall
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Western philosophy’s traditional assessment of the nature and value of humor has not been kind, as the standard theories made humor look antisocial, irrational, and foolish. It wasn’t until well into the twentieth century that humor gained... (read more)

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A Philosophical Enquiry...and Other Pre-revolutionary Writings (Penguin Classics)
A Philosophical Enquiry...and Other Pre-revolutionary Writings (Penguin Classics)
by Edmund Burke
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Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. A lifelong member of Parliament, Burke was the author of A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, A Vindication of Natural Society, and Reflections on the... (read more)

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The Tears of Things: Melancholy and Physical Objects
The Tears of Things: Melancholy and Physical Objects
by Peter Schwenger
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Schwenger (English, Mount St. Vincent U., Halifax, Nova Scotia) uses the work of Georgia O'Keefe, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Gorey, Virginia Woolf and others to consider why and how the representation of inanimate objects falls short of our aspirations.... (read more)

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Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics (Penguin Classics)
Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics (Penguin Classics)
by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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A beloved multidisciplinary treatise comes to Penguin Classics Rare is the work of philosophy that invites both the casual reader and the academic. Rare, too, is the text so universal that luminaries across an array of fields lay claim to it. Yet, that... (read more)

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Five Faces of Modernity
Five Faces of Modernity
by Matei Calinescu
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Five Faces of Modernity is a series of semantic and cultural biographies of words that have taken on special significance in the last century and a half or so: modernity, avant-garde, decadence, kitsch, and postmodernism. The concept of modernity&mdash... (read more)

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Walter Benjamin Selected Writings, Volume 1, 1913-1926
Walter Benjamin Selected Writings, Volume 1, 1913-1926
by Walter Benjamin
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This first volume shows that even as a young man Walter Benjamin possessed astonishing intellectual range and depth. His topics here include poetry and fiction, drama, philosophy, history, religion, love, violence, morality, mythology, painting, and much... (read more)

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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
by David Shields
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andldquo;Amy Fusselman writes with a unique depth of feeling, and Savage Park is a fascinating and daresay essential meditation on childhood, parenthood, and the importance of wild spaces for those wild creatures known as kids.andrdquo; andmdash; Dave... (read more)

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A History of Modern Japanese Aesthetics
A History of Modern Japanese Aesthetics
by Michele F Marra
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In a companion to her , Marra (Japanese literature, U. of California-Los Angeles) compiles 21 articles from scholarly journals and book chapters to provide a cross- section of Japanese views on the history of aesthetics in that country. After... (read more)

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Beauty: Very Short Introduction (11 Edition)
Beauty: Very Short Introduction (11 Edition)
by Roger Scruton
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Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction, the renowned... (read more)

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Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art, , Third Edition
Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art, , Third Edition
by S K Langer
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One of those synoptic works which, by bringing together separate areas of knowledge, suddenly reveals the pattern of reality, and gives new meaning to all one's piecemeal explorations...I know of no book in the field of aesthetics which in our time has... (read more)

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Antithetical Arts: On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music
Antithetical Arts: On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music
by Peter Kivy
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Antithetical Arts constitutes a defence of musical formalism against those who would put literary interpretations on the absolute music canon. In Part I, the historical origins of both the literary interpretation of absolute music and musical formalism... (read more)

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The Ends of Art and Design
The Ends of Art and Design
by Stuart Kendall
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The design arts are to our age of experience what the fine arts were to the era of representation but with crucial differences. Whereas the fine arts offered critical-reflective experiences to independent subjects within the era of representation, the... (read more)

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Symbol & Intuition Comparative Studies in Kantian & Romantic Period Aesthetics
Symbol & Intuition Comparative Studies in Kantian & Romantic Period Aesthetics
by Helmut Huhn
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That a symbolic object or work of art participates in what it signifies, as a part within a whole, was a controversial claim discussed with particular intensity in the wake of Immanuel Kants Critique of Judgment. It informed the aesthetic theories of a... (read more)

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European Aesthetics: A Critical Introduction from Kant to Derrida
European Aesthetics: A Critical Introduction from Kant to Derrida
by Robert L. Wicks
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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, Freud, and Derrida, this the only... (read more)

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