Aesthetics as Phenomenology

Aesthetics as Phenomenology : The Appearance of Things

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Connecting aesthetic experience with our experience of nature or with other cultural artifacts, Aesthetics as Phenomenology focuses on what art means for cognition, recognition, and affect-how art changes our everyday disposition or behavior. Gunter Figal engages in a penetrating analysis of the moment at which, in our contemplation of a work of art, reaction and thought confront each other. For those trained in the visual arts and for more casual viewers, Figal unmasks art as a decentering experience that opens further possibilities for understanding our lives and our world.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 244 x 30mm | 619.99g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253015510
  • 9780253015518

Table of contents

Translator's Foreword
Chapter One: Art, Philosophically
1. Why Art?
2. Which Art?
3. Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
Chapter Two: Beauty
4. Free Play
5. Appearances and Things
6. Showing and Self-Showing
Chapter Three: Art Forms
7. Arts
8. Essential Determinations
9. Mixtures
Chapter Four: Nature
10. Oppositions
11. Limits and Inclusions
12. Primordial Appearance
Chapter Five: Space
13. Places
14. Emptiness
15. Here
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Terms
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Aesthetics as Phenomenology is an important and potentially major contribution to the philosophy of art. * Phenomenological Reviews *
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About Gunter Figal

Gunter Figal is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. He is author of Objectivity: Philosophy and the Hermeneutical and editor of The Heidegger Reader (IUP, 2009).

Jerome Veith teaches at Seattle University.
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