Life as Art

Life as Art : Aesthetics and the Creation of Self

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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 as a secondary text, analyzing 19th and 20th Century aesthetics, and a primary argument for the viability of life as art as a unified philosophical more

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168703
  • 9780739168707
  • 2,182,319

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Simpson argues persuasively that the concept of "life as art" offers a "coherent ethical position" responsive to the ethical challenges of the contemporary situation. By presenting an original reading of the history of modern thought and developing a theoretical understanding of its conceptual framework, Simpson demonstrates how life as art strives to affirm the beauty, meaning, and value of life after the "death of God." And he shows that by "intensifying the relationship between thinking and aesthetics" life as art can function as a form of resistance to the forces of domination and normalization that threaten freedom and solidarity in contemporary societies. This book makes an original contribution to our understanding of the history of modern and post-modern philosophy and it is a valuable addition to the growing field of works that seek to locate the point of intersection between philosophical thinking and life as it is, or could be, lived. -- Edward F. McGushin, Stonehill Collegeshow more

About Zachary Simpson

Zachary Simpson has a B.A. in biology from Colorado College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy of religion from Claremont Graduate University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the Evolution and Theology of Cooperation Project, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Zachary has worked in an editorial capacity on seven different volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (associate editor; Oxford University Press, 2006) and Adventures in the Spirit: New Forays in Philosophical Theology (Fortress Press, 2008). He has published articles related to phenomenology, deconstruction, and science and more

Table of contents

Part I: Introducing Life as Art Chapter 1: The Path Ahead Chapter 2: Dandyism and Life is Art Chapter 3: Nietzsche's Ideal Types Part II: Resistant Chapter 4: Theodor Adorno on Negative Thinking and Utopia Chapter 5: Herbert Marcuse and the Artful Individual Part III: Affirmation Chapter 6: Martin Heidegger and Poetic Thinking Chapter 7: Merleau-Ponty and Marion on the Thought of Being Part IV: Creation Chapter 8: Albert Camus on the Life Artist Chapter 9: Foucault's Aesthetics of Existence Chapter 10: Conclusion: Life as Artshow more