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Philosophy, Myth and Epic Cinema: Beyond Mere Illusions

by Sylvie Magerstädt Rowman & Littlefield International (December 15, 2014)

A philosophical discussion of cinema’s power to create positive illusions and myths, drawing on Nietzsche, Kracauer and Deleuze.

Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...

Subjects and Simulations: Between Baudrillard and Lacoue-Labarthe

by Hugh J. Silverman, Anne O'Byrne, Stephen David Ross & Alina Clej et al. Lexington Books (November 05, 2014)

Subjects and Simulations presents essays focused on suffering and sublimity, representation and subjectivity, and the relation of truth and appearance through engagement with the legacies of Jean Baudrillard...

On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...

Metaphor and Metaphilosophy: Philosophy as Combat, Play, and Aesthetic Experience

by Sarah A. Mattice Lexington Books (October 08, 2014)

Sarah A. Mattice develops a comparative intervention in contemporary metaphilosophy. Drawing on resources from hermeneutics, cognitive linguistics, aesthetics, and Chinese philosophy, she explores how philosophical...

Photography and Its Violations

by John Roberts Columbia University Press (September 30, 2014)

Theorists critique photography for “objectifying” its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography’s violating powers and aesthetic...

The Philosophies of Richard Wagner

by Julian Young Lexington Books (September 09, 2014)

Julian Young presents Richard Wagner as an important philosopher of art and life, first as a utopian anarchist-communist and later as a Schopenhauerian pessimist. Understanding Wagner’s philosophy is crucial...

Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding Wilmington Square Books (September 22, 2014)

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.

Radical History and the Politics of Art

by Gabriel Rockhill Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge,...

The Triadic Structure of the Mind: Outlines of a Philosophical System

by Francesco Belfiore UPA (May 23, 2014)

The Triadic Structure of the Mind provides a philosophical system that offers fresh solutions in the fields of ontology, knowledge, ethics, and politics. The second edition includes a more extensive treatment...

Foundations of the Everyday: Shock, Deferral, Repetition

by Eran Dorfman Rowman & Littlefield International (June 04, 2014)

A highly original and interdisciplinary study of the philosophy of the everyday.

Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze/Guattari and the Arts

by Antonio Calcagno, Jim Vernon & Steve G. Lofts Rowman & Littlefield International (May 08, 2014)

A rich collection of critical essays, authored by philosophers and practicing artists, examining Deleuze and Guattari's engagement with a broad range of art forms.

Wittgenstein at the Movies: Cinematic Investigations

by Christina Stojanova, Béla Szabados, Daniel Steuer & Michael O'Pray et al. Lexington Books (March 24, 2011)

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 Opacity of Narrative

by Peter Lamarque Rowman & Littlefield International (March 25, 2014)

What is narrative? What is distinctive about the great literary narratives? In virtue of what is a narrative fictional or non-fictional? In this important new book Peter Lamarque, one of the leading philosophers...

Sociology of Culture and Cultural Practices: The Transformative Power of Institutions

by Laurent Fleury, Michael Lavin & Terry Nichols Clark Lexington Books (April 01, 2014)

In Sociology of Culture and of Cultural Practices, Laurent Fleury presents a synthesis of research and debate from France and the United States. He traces the development of the sociology of culture from its...

Historical Dictionary of Aesthetics

by Dabney Townsend Scarecrow Press (September 05, 2006)

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...

Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

by Elaine P. Miller Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to...

And Slowly Beauty

by Michel Nadeau & Maureen Labonté Talonbooks (January 20, 2014)

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

By the Late John Brockman

by John Brockman Harper Perennial (September 16, 2014)

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,...

Selections from the Journals

by Henry David Thoreau & Walter Harding Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

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.

On the Aesthetic Education of Man

by Friedrich Schiller & Reginald Snell Dover Publications (March 06, 2012)

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...

Critique of Judgment

by Immanuel Kant & J. H. Bernard Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

Kant's attempt to establish the principles behind the faculty of judgment remains one of the most important works on human reason. This third of the philosopher's three Critiques forms the very basis of modern...


by Aristotle & W. Rhys Roberts Dover Publications (February 07, 2012)

In this seminal work of Western philosophy, Aristotle focuses on the use of language in persuasive argument. He identifies practical and aesthetic elements and their proper combination in an effective presentation....

George Santayana at 150: International Intepretations

by Jennifer A. Rea, Giuseppe Patella, Matthew C. Flamm & Daniel Pinkas et al. Lexington Books (December 19, 2013)

Santayana at 150: International Interpretations is an anthology gathering seventeen scholar’s essays on the thought and life of Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana. Themes considered include: materialism,...

Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama UPA (December 12, 2013)

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...

Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

by Allen Carlson Columbia University Press (December 15, 2008)

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,...

Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

by Philip Kitcher Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

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 Luchino Visconti turned it into a successful...

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

by Stefan Jonsson Columbia University Press (October 01, 2013)

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,...

Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently

by Hilde Hein AltaMira Press (July 27, 2006)

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 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 22, 2000)

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 Lexington Books (June 08, 2006)

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 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 29, 2005)

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...


by Daniel Frampton WallFlower Press (December 12, 2006)

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 Lexington Books (September 07, 2005)

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 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 22, 2000)

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...

Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, and Film

by Elisabeth Bronfen & David Brenner Columbia University Press (September 10, 2013)

In the beginning was the night. All light, shapes, language, and subjective consciousness, as well as the world and art depicting them, emerged from this formless chaos. In fantasy, we seek to return to this...

Aesthetic Genesis: The Origin of Consciousness in the Intentional Being of Nature

by Jeff Mitscherling UPA (December 15, 2009)

This book reverses the fundamental tenet of phenomenology-that all consciousness is intentional (that is, directed toward an object). Mitscherling rehabilitates the pre-modern concepts of 'intentional being'...

The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo

by Kobo Abe & Richard Calichman Columbia University Press (June 04, 2013)

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was one of Japan’s greatest postwar writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism for which he is...

Aesthetics in Present Future: The Arts and the Technological Horizon

by Adam Berg, Brunella Antomarini, Domenico Parisi & Miltos Manetas et al. Lexington Books (May 16, 2013)

The theme of Aesthetics in Present Future concerns the new chances the arts have and the deep changes they are undergoing, due to the new media, and the digital world in which we are growingly immersed. That...

The Problem of Naturalism: Analytic Perspectives, Continental Virtues

by Brian Lightbody Lexington Books (March 01, 2013)

The Problem of Naturalism: Analytic and Continental Perspectives, investigates how the term naturalism is defined and applied in the philosophic secondary literature from two often competing perspectives: analytic...

Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics

by Ann T. Delehanty Bucknell University Press (November 29, 2012)

This book, spanning the years 1650–1730 in France and England, looks primarily at the history of literary criticism during that period in order to show how the rising interest in the sublime pushes literary...

Beauty Unlimited

by Peg Z Brand Indiana University Press (December 03, 2012)

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...

Life as Art: Aesthetics and the Creation of Self

by Zachary Simpson Lexington Books (September 27, 2012)

Life as Art synthesizes a number of aesthetic theories in philosophy after 1850 and shows the ways in which they contribute to a unified field of analysis and potential implementation. The book is framed both...

Thought Forms

by Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater Dover Publications (October 14, 2020)

Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and other modern artists were profoundly influenced by this classic of the theosophical tradition, which explores the concept of what thoughts "look" like. Written by a pair...

The Aesthetic Sense and Religious Sentiment in Animals

by Louis Viardot & Al. & Louis Viardot Al. Lm Publishers (October 13, 2020)

pThis book deals with the aesthetic sense and religious sentiment in animals. "The mind of animals is a very old subject of discussion. Descartes and his school regarded an animal as a mere piece of machinery,...

Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism

by Ewa Płonowska Ziarek Columbia University Press (October 23, 2012)

Despite the prominence of feminist theory in literary, film, and visual arts critique, feminist theories of aesthetics remain rare, obscuring a crucial chapter in women’s history. Ewa Plonowska Ziarek redresses...


by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

Perfect for readers of Women in Clothes, this beautifully designed philosophical guide to fashion explores art, literature, and film to uncover the hidden meaning of a well-chosen wardrobe.

We all get dressed....


by Shahidha Bari Blackstone Publishing (June 16, 2020)

For readers of Women in Clothes, a philosophical guide to fashion

We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of clothes in our world? What unconscious thoughts do we express when we...

Artists, Patrons, and the Public: Why Culture Changes

by Barry Lord & Gail Dexter Lord AltaMira Press (May 16, 2010)

Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord focus their two lifetimes of international experience working in the cultural sector on the challenging questions of why and how culture changes. The answer is a dynamic and fascinating...

The Big Think Book

by Peter Cave Oneworld Publications (October 01, 2015)

What makes me, me ? and you, you?

What is this thing called ‘love’?

Does life have a point?

Is ‘no’ the right answer to this question?

Philosophy transports us from the wonderful to the weird, from the...