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In Praise of Shadows
In Praise of Shadows
by Junichiro Tanizaki
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An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women... (read more)

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Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
by Leonard Koren
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This is an updated version of the enduring classic that first introduced the concept of “imperfect beauty” to the West. Text, images, and book design seamlessly meld into a wabi-sabi-like experience. Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect,... (read more)

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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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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting... (read more)

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Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy
Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy
by Paisley Livingston
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The increasingly popular idea that cinematic fictions can "do" philosophy raises some difficult questions. Who is actually doing the philosophizing? Is it the philosophical commentator who reads general arguments or theories into the stories conveyed by... (read more)

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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
by Leonard Koren
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Aesthetics, in its totality of meanings, is about where your mind goes—conceptually, analytically, imaginatively—when you engage with things designed, artistic, and the like. This book is about building a deeper understanding of this rangy... (read more)

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Notes on the Need for Beauty: An Intimate Look at an Essential Quality
Notes on the Need for Beauty: An Intimate Look at an Essential Quality
by J. Ruth Gendler
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Notes on the Need for Beauty is an artist's reflection on the complex nature of beauty and our unique relationship to it. In this lyrical and lively exploration of the soulful aspects of beauty, Gendler describes how beauty gives meaning and purpose to... (read more)

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Philosophy of New Music
Philosophy of New Music
by Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
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In 1947 Theodor Adorno, one of the seminal European philosophers of the postwar years, announced his return after exile in the United States to a devastated Europe by writing Philosophy of New Music. Intensely polemical from its first publication, every... (read more)

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Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts)
Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts)
by Salim Kemal
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A distinguished group of scholars here probes the complex structure of aesthetic responses to nature in a discussion enriched with insights from art history, literary criticism, geography and philosophy. Exploring the interrelation among nature, beauty... (read more)

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Panaesthetics: On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts (Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities)
Panaesthetics: On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts (Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities)
by Daniel Albright
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While comparative literature is a well-recognized field of study, the notion of comparative arts remains unfamiliar to many. In this fascinating book, Daniel Albright addresses the fundamental question of comparative arts: Are there many different arts... (read more)

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Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art
Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art
by Julian Young
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Arguing that Nietzsche's thoughts about art can only be understood in the context of his broader philosophy, this study discusses the dramatic changes in Nietzschean aesthetics against the background of the celebrated themes of the death of God, eternal... (read more)

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Rhetoric
Rhetoric
by Aristotle
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Focusing on the use of language as both a vehicle and a tool to shape persuasive argument, Aristotle delineates with remarkable insight both practical and aesthetic elements and their proper combination in effective presentation, oral or written. He also... (read more)

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Air & Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Movement
Air & Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Movement
by Gaston Bachelard
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Air and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Movement - by Gaston BachelardTrans. Edith and Frederick Farrell. Bachelard uses his extensive knowledge of the poetry of Poe, Blake, Shelley, and Nietzsche to amplify the images of the airy elements.THE... (read more)

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Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts (3RD 11 Edition)
Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts (3RD 11 Edition)
by David Goldblatt
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For courses in the Philosophy of ART.   Unlike traditional Philosophy of Art anthologies, AESTHETICS, 3/e gives special attention to popular arts as well as the “fine arts”. It divides articles into sections according to... (read more)

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What Is Art? (Penguin Classics)
What Is Art? (Penguin Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
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During the decades of his world fame as sage and preacher as well as author of War and Peace and Anna Karenin, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. These culminated in What is... (read more)

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On the Animation of the Inorganic: Art, Architecture, and the Extension of Life
On the Animation of the Inorganic: Art, Architecture, and the Extension of Life
by Spyros Papapetros
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Throughout human history, people have imagined inanimate objects to have intelligence, language, and even souls. In our secular societies today, we still willingly believe that nonliving objects have lives of their own as we find ourselves interacting... (read more)

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Beauty Unlimited
Beauty Unlimited
by Peg Zeglin Brand
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Emphasizing the human body in all of its forms, Beauty Unlimited expands the boundaries of what is meant by beauty both geographically and aesthetically. Peg Zeglin Brand and an international group of contributors interrogate the body and the meaning of... (read more)

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Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life
Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life
by Arthur C. Danto
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Arthur C. Danto's essays not only critique bodies of work but reflect upon art's conceptual evolution as well, drawing for the reader a kind of philosophical map indicating how art and the criteria for judging it has changed over the twentieth century... (read more)

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Aesthetic Creation
Aesthetic Creation
by Nick Zangwill
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What is the purpose of a work of art? What drives us to make art? Why do we value art and consume it? Nick Zangwill argues that we cannot understand the nature of art without first having answers to these fundamental questions. On his view, which he dubs... (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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From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative, and judgmental process and its relation to artistic pleasure -- it is a text that influenced the... (read more)

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Art of Seeing (90 Edition)
Art of Seeing (90 Edition)
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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What is the nature of the aesthetic experience? Is it the same for everyone? It is possible to facilitate its occurrence? This book focuses on the psychology of the aesthetic experience and on the perception and understanding of art, suggesting ways to... (read more)

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