Aesthetics as Phenomenology
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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 244 x 30mm | 619.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253015510
  • 9780253015518

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"Aesthetics as Phenomenology is an important and potentially major contribution to the philosophy of art." -Phenomenological Reviews "Carefully wrought and consummately presented, Gunter Figal promises a rehabilitation of aesthetics against philosophical approaches that would detach the significance of art from the question of beauty." -Theodore George, Texas A&M Universityshow more

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.show more

Table of contents

Translator's ForewordIntroductionChapter One: Art, Philosophically1. Why Art?2. Which Art?3. Philosophy of Art and AestheticsChapter Two: Beauty4. Free Play5. Appearances and Things6. Showing and Self-ShowingChapter Three: Art Forms7. Arts8. Essential Determinations9. MixturesChapter Four: Nature10. Oppositions11. Limits and Inclusions12. Primordial AppearanceChapter Five: Space13. Places14. Emptiness15. HereBibliographyIndex of Names and SubjectsIndex of Termsshow more

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