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Surface and Depth
Dialectics of Criticism and Culture
Richard Shusterman
A paradox of surface and depth pervades the field of aesthetics. How can art's surface meanings and qualities be properly appreciated without understanding the cultural context that shapes their creation and perception? But exploring such...



The Metaphysics of Beauty
Nick Zangwill
In chapters ranging from "The Beautiful, the Dainty, and the Dumpy" to "Skin-deep or In the Eye of the Beholder?" Nick Zangwill investigates the nature of beauty as we conceive it, and as it is in itself. The notion of beauty is currently...



The Domain of Images
James Elkins
In the domain of visual images, those of fine art form a tiny minority. This original and brilliant book calls upon art historians to look beyond their traditional subjects—painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking—to the vast array of...



The Practice of Persuasion
Paradox and Power in Art History
Keith P.F. Moxey, Keith Moxey
This sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory...



Performing Live
Aesthetic Alternatives for the Ends of Art
Richard Shusterman
Current philosophies of art remain sadly dominated by visions of its end and lamentations of decline. Defining the very notions of art and the aesthetic as special products of Western modernity, they suggest that postmodern challenges to traditional...



The Engine of Visualization
Thinking through Photography
Patrick Maynard
"An extremely fascinating study, packed with insights and illumination and astute observation. It is first-rate philosophy—clearheaded, imaginative, sophisticated, and resourceful. And in its historical and technological dimensions, it connects...



Transforming Images
How Photography Complicates the Picture
Barbara E. Savedoff
Barbara E. Savedoff seeks to discern the distinctive character of photography as an art. Why, she asks, do similar images in paintings and photographs strike us differently? How is our reaction to a photograph of a painting unlike our response to the...



The Aesthetic Relation
Gérard Genette
One of the best-known continental theorists writing today, Gérard Genette here explores our aesthetic relation to works of art. Through an analysis of the views of thinkers ranging from David Hume and Immanuel Kant to Monroe C. Beardsley, Arthur...



Beauty and Revolution in Science
James W. McAllister
The first systematic study of the aesthetic evaluations that scientists pass on their...



Osmin's Rage
Philosophical Reflections on Opera, Drama, and Text
Peter Kivy
In his new concluding chapter, Peter Kivy advances his argument on behalf of a distinctive intellectual and musical character of opera before Mozart. He proposes that happy endings were a musical—as opposed to a dramatic—necessity for opera...



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