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Aesthetic Theory

Author : Theodor W. Adorno
ISBN : 9781780936598
Genre : Philosophy
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Adorno's magnum opus, in which he summarises his life's thinking on concepts of beauty, the ugly and the sublime.
Category: Philosophy

Kant S Aesthetic Theory

Author : Salim Kemal
ISBN : 9781349219438
Genre : Philosophy
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In this accessible yet authoritative book, the author explains the argument and strategy of Kant's analysis of beauty. He clarifies the nature of aesthetic claims, examines the scope of Kant's justification of their validity, and shows how these lead Kant to investigate the relationship between beautiful objects, morality, and subjects. In the course of his discussion, the author links Kant's theory to contemporary commentaries, including those by Donald Crawford, Jacques Derrida, Paul Guyer, Rudolph Makkreel, Mary McCloskey, and Kenneth Rogerson.
Category: Philosophy

Aesthetic Theory Essential Texts For Architecture And Design

Author : Mark Gage
ISBN : 9780393733495
Genre : Art
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This anthology of writings addresses the producers of the very forms that are judged aesthetically - students of architecture, graphic design, interior design, fashion, and industrial design. The selections are from philosophy, art history, literary criticism, architectural practice, Renaissance scholarship, critical theory, and the cognitive neurosciences. They represent varying points of view, formats, lengths and intents. Some are complete book chapters or essays, some excerpts from writings on topics seemingly distant from aesthetic theory. All offer insights into the importance of considering form relative to its aesthetic qualities and influence. Each selection is accompanied by head notes that glean the core arguments, enhance understanding, and provide a critical educational tool so anyone involved in the act of design, whether for an urban cultural space or the packaging for a cosmetic product, can be informed about the aesthetic theories that consider the relationship between form and its impact on the individual and society.
Category: Art

Hume S Aesthetic Theory

Author : Dabney Townsend
ISBN : 9780415233965
Genre : Philosophy
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Hume's Aesthetic Theory examines the neglected area of the development of aesthetics in empiricist thinking, exploring the link between the empiricist background of aesthetics in the eighteenth century and the work of David Hume. This is a major contribution to our understanding of Hume's general philosophy and provides fresh insights into the history of aesthetics.
Category: Philosophy

Kant S Aesthetic Theory

Author : David Berger
ISBN : 9781441145833
Genre : Philosophy
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Taste is ordinarily thought of in terms of two very different idioms - a normative idiom of taste as a standard of appraisal and a non-normative idiom of taste as a purely personal matter. Kant attempts to capture this twofold conception of taste within the terms of his mature critical philosophy by distinguishing between the beautiful and the agreeable. Scholars have largely taken Kant's distinction for granted, but David Berger argues that it is both far richer and far more problematic than it may appear. Berger examines in detail Kant's various attempts to distinguish beauty from agreeableness. This approach reveals the complex interplay between Kant's substantive aesthetic theory and his broader views on metaphysics and epistemology. Indeed, Berger argues that the real interest of Kant's distinction between beauty and agreeableness is ultimately epistemological. His interpretation brings Kant's aesthetic theory into dialogue with questions at the heart of contemporary analytic philosophy and shows how philosophical aesthetics can offer fresh insights into contemporary philosophical debates.
Category: Philosophy

The Sublime

Author : Andrew Ashfield
ISBN : 0521395828
Genre : Fiction
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Item reprints 18th century texts on the sublime.
Category: Fiction

The Emergence Of Modern Aesthetic Theory

Author : Simon Grote
ISBN : 9781107110922
Genre : History
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This new study of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory situates it in theological contexts that are crucial to explaining why it arose.
Category: History

Art And Enlightenment

Author : David Roberts
ISBN : 0803290101
Genre : Art
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The crisis of tradition early in the twentieth century?signaled by the collapse of perspective in painting and tonality in music and evident in the explosive ferment of the avant-garde movements?opened a new stage of modern art, which aesthetic theory is still struggling to comprehend. David Roberts situates the current aesthetic and cultural debates in a wider historical frame which extends from Hegel and the German Romantics to LukĀ¾cs and Adorno, Benjamin and Baudrillard. Art and Enlightenment: Aesthetic Theory after Adorno is the first detailed analysis in English of Theodor Adorno?s seminal Philosophy of Modern Music, which can be seen as a turning point between modern and postmodern art and theory. Adorno's diagnosis of the crisis of modernist values points back to Hegel's thesis of the end of art and also forward to the postmodernist debate. Thus the paradoxes of Adorno?s negative aesthetics return to haunt the current discussion by representatives of the second generation of the Frankfurt School, Anglo-American Marxism, and French poststructuralism. Going beyond Adorno's dialectic of musical enlighten-ment, Roberts proposes an alternative model of the enlightenment, of art applied to literature and exemplified in the outline of a theory of parody. In its critique of Adorno, Art and Enlightenment clears the way for a reconsideration of twentieth-century artistic theory and practice and also, in offering a model of postmodern art, seeks to disentangle critical issues in the discussion of the avant-garde, modernism, and postmodernism.
Category: Art

Adorno And Art

Author : J. Hellings
ISBN : 9781137315717
Genre : Philosophy
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A comprehensive, critical and accessible account of Theodor W. Adorno's materialist-dialectical aesthetic theory of art from a contemporary perspective, this volume shows how Adorno's critical theory is awash with images crystallising thoughts to such a degree that it has every reason to be described as aesthetic.
Category: Philosophy

Aesthetic Theory And The Video Game

Author : Graeme Kirkpatrick
ISBN : 0719077176
Genre : Social Science
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This book draws on aesthetic theory, including ideas from the history of painting, music and dance, to offer a fresh perspective on the video game as a popular cultural form. It argues that games like Grand Theft Auto and Elektroplankton are aesthetic objects that appeal to players because they offer an experience of form, as this idea was understood by philosophers like Immanuel Kant and Theodor Adorno. Video games are awkward objects that have defied efforts to categorize them within established academic disciplines and intellectual frameworks. Yet no one can deny their importance in re-configuring contemporary culture and their influence can be seen in contemporary film, television, literature, music, dance and advertising. This book argues that their very awkwardness should form the starting point for a proper analysis of what games are and the reasons for their popularity. This book will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in the increasingly playful character of contemporary capitalist culture.
Category: Social Science