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Paintings and the Past: Philosophy, History, Art

Paintings and the Past: Philosophy, History, Art

1st Edition

Ivan Gaskell
May 20, 2019

This book is an exploration of how art—specifically paintings in the European manner—can be mobilized to make knowledge claims about the past. No type of human-made tangible thing makes more complex and bewildering demands in this respect than paintings. Ivan Gaskell argues that the search for...

Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides

Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides

1st Edition

Christina Rawls, Diana Neiva, Steven S. Gouveia
April 29, 2019

This volume collects twenty original essays on the philosophy of film. It uniquely brings together scholars working across a range of philosophical traditions and academic disciplines to broaden and advance debates on film and philosophy. The book includes contributions from a number of prominent...

The Aesthetics of Self-Becoming: How Art Forms Empower

The Aesthetics of Self-Becoming: How Art Forms Empower

1st Edition

Paul Crowther
March 21, 2019

This book shows that art involves an aesthetics of self-becoming, wherein we do not simply consume artistic meaning, but become empowered—by adapting ourselves to what creation in the different art forms makes possible. Paul Crowther argues that the great political task in aesthetics is no longer...

A Philosophy of the Art School

A Philosophy of the Art School

1st Edition

Michael Newall
November 08, 2018

Until now, research on art schools has been largely occupied with the facts of particular schools and teachers. This book presents a philosophical account of the underlying practices and ideas that have come to shape contemporary art school teaching in the UK, US and Europe. It analyses two models...

A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment

A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment

1st Edition

Rupert Read
October 22, 2018

Inspired by the philosophy of Wittgenstein and his idea that the purpose of real philosophical thinking is not to discover something new, but to show in a strikingly different light what is already there, this book provides philosophical readings of a number of ‘arthouse’ and Hollywood films. Each...

Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy

Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy

1st Edition

Michael Boylan
October 22, 2018

What is the philosophical voice within literature? Does literature have a voice of its own? Can this voice really be philosophical in its own right? In this book, Michael Boylan argues that some literary works indeed can make their own unique claims in different areas of philosophy. He calls this...

Thinking with Images: An Enactivist Aesthetics

Thinking with Images: An Enactivist Aesthetics

1st Edition

John M. Carvalho
July 27, 2018

This book advances an enactivist theory of aesthetics through the study of inscrutable artworks that challenge us to think because we do not know what to think about them. John M. Carvalho presents detailed analyses a four artworks that share this unique characteristic: Francis Bacon’s Study After...

The Pleasure of Pictures: Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation

The Pleasure of Pictures: Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation

1st Edition

Jérôme Pelletier, Alberto Voltolini
July 11, 2018

The general aim of this volume is to investigate the nature of the relation between pictorial experience and aesthetic appreciation. In particular, it is concerned with the character and intimacy of this relationship: is there a mere causal connection between pictorial experience and aesthetic...

Tragedy and Redress in Western Literature: A Philosophical Perspective

Tragedy and Redress in Western Literature: A Philosophical Perspective

1st Edition

Richard Gaskin
April 30, 2018

This book offers a unique interpretation of tragic literature in the Western tradition, deploying the method and style of Analytic philosophy. Richard Gaskin argues that tragic literature seeks to offer moral and linguistic redress (compensation) for suffering. Moral redress involves the balancing...

The Aesthetics of Videogames

The Aesthetics of Videogames

1st Edition

Jon Robson, Grant Tavinor
March 26, 2018

This collection of essays is devoted to the philosophical examination of the aesthetics of videogames. Videogames represent one of the most significant developments in the modern popular arts, and it is a topic that is attracting much attention among philosophers of art and aestheticians. As a...

Michael Fried and Philosophy: Modernism, Intention, and Theatricality

Michael Fried and Philosophy: Modernism, Intention, and Theatricality

1st Edition

Mathew Abbott
February 07, 2018

This volume brings philosophers, art historians, intellectual historians, and literary scholars together to argue for the philosophical significance of Michael Fried’s art history and criticism. It demonstrates that Fried’s work on modernism, artistic intention, the ontology of art, theatricality,...

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