In this volume, a team of internationally respected contributors theorize the concept of aesthetic experience and its value. Exposing and expanding our restricted cultural and intellectual presuppositions of what constitutes aesthetic experience, the book aims to re-explore and affirm the place of aesthetic experience--in its evaluative, phenomenological and transformational sense--not only in relation to art and artists but to our inner and spiritual lives.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Contemplating the Undefinable
Experience and the Nature of the Aesthetic
1. Aesthetic Essence
2. The Aesthetic: From Experience to Art
3. The Dialectic of Aesthetics: the New Strife between Philosophy and Art
4. Experiential Theories of Aesthetic Value
The Value and Scope of Aesthetic Experience
5. The Aesthetic: From Analysis to Eros
6. On the Scope of Aesthetic Experience
7. Refined Emotion in Aesthetic Experience
8. Taste, Food and the Limits of Pleasure
Aesthetic Experience, Artists, and Philosophies of Art
9. Aesthetic Experience, Art and Artists
10. Between Being and Doing: Aesthetics at the Crossroads
11. Schopenhauer and the Foundations of Aesthetic Experience
Richard Schusterman is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Temple University, USA.
Adele Tomlin is Graduate Tutor at Kings College London and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.