James Manns presents a readable and entertaining examination of the most serious questions posed by the arts and our relation to them. In a clear and engaging fashion, he explores the central issues in aesthetics: aesthetic judgment, the nature and role of criticism, the elusiveness of the concept of art, and communication through art, and he critically (but sympathetically) considers that principal theories of art that focus on expression, form, and representation. Through the use of extensive, entertaining, and current examples (including film), Manns conveys the solid basics relating to the history and development of aesthetic theories, tries out these various theories against the art of the last half century, then outlines his own view revolving around the artist's intention and the act of communication.
Now fully revised and expanded, this is the only available bibliography on the subject of "land-lockedness" and its effects on economic development. Reflecting its expanded title, this new edition includes not only updated information on the plight of land-locked countries, but also their current levels of economic development and their role in international law, such as the International Law of the Sea, Kyoto Protocol on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and international pipeline agreements. The volume lists thousands of primary and secondary source materials for research, including books, monographs, journals, governmental reports, NGO publications, and unpublished materials. The book is truly international in scope, with listings in 29 languages.