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The Aesthetics of Virtual Reality

The Aesthetics of Virtual Reality

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By Grant Tavinor
September 30, 2021

This is the first book to present an aesthetics of virtual reality media. It situates virtual reality media in terms of the philosophy of the arts, comparing them to more familiar media such as painting, film and photography. When philosophers have approached virtual reality, they have almost ...

Philosophy of Improvisation Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice

Philosophy of Improvisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice

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Edited By Susanne Ravn, Simon Høffding, James McGuirk
June 11, 2021

This volume brings together philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives on improvisation. The contributions connect the theoretical dimensions of improvisation with different viewpoints on its practice in the arts and the classroom. The chapters address the phenomenon of improvisation in two ...

Art, Representation, and Make-Believe Essays on the Philosophy of Kendall L. Walton

Art, Representation, and Make-Believe: Essays on the Philosophy of Kendall L. Walton

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Edited By Sonia Sedivy
June 07, 2021

This is the first collection of essays focused on the many-faceted work of Kendall L. Walton. Walton has shaped debate about the arts for the last 50 years. He provides a comprehensive framework for understanding arts in terms of the human capacity of make-believe that shows how different arts – ...

Philosophy of Sculpture Historical Problems, Contemporary Approaches

Philosophy of Sculpture: Historical Problems, Contemporary Approaches

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Edited By Kristin Gjesdal, Fred Rush, Ingvild Torsen
September 10, 2020

Sculpture has been a central aspect of almost every art culture, contemporary or historical. This volume comprises ten essays at the cutting edge of thinking about sculpture in philosophical terms, representing approaches to sculpture from the perspectives of both Anglo-American and European ...

Radically Rethinking Copyright in the Arts A Philosophical Approach

Radically Rethinking Copyright in the Arts: A Philosophical Approach

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By James O. Young
September 09, 2020

This book radically rethinks the philosophical basis of copyright in the arts. The author reflects on the ontology of art to argue that current copyright laws cannot be justified. The book begins by identifying two problems that result from current copyright laws: (1) creativity is restricted and (...

Portraits and Philosophy

Portraits and Philosophy

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Edited By Hans Maes
November 27, 2019

Portraits are everywhere. One finds them not only in museums and galleries, but also in newspapers and magazines, in the homes of people and in the boardrooms of companies, on stamps and coins, on millions of cell phones and computers. Despite its huge popularity, however, portraiture hasn’t ...

Paintings and the Past Philosophy, History, Art

Paintings and the Past: Philosophy, History, Art

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By Ivan Gaskell
May 20, 2019

This book is an exploration of how art—specifically paintings in the European manner—can be mobilized to make knowledge claims about the past. No type of human-made tangible thing makes more complex and bewildering demands in this respect than paintings. Ivan Gaskell argues that the search for ...

Philosophy and Film Bridging Divides

Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides

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Edited By Christina Rawls, Diana Neiva, Steven S. Gouveia
April 29, 2019

This volume collects twenty original essays on the philosophy of film. It uniquely brings together scholars working across a range of philosophical traditions and academic disciplines to broaden and advance debates on film and philosophy. The book includes contributions from a number of prominent ...

The Aesthetics of Self-Becoming How Art Forms Empower

The Aesthetics of Self-Becoming: How Art Forms Empower

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By Paul Crowther
March 21, 2019

This book shows that art involves an aesthetics of self-becoming, wherein we do not simply consume artistic meaning, but become empowered—by adapting ourselves to what creation in the different art forms makes possible. Paul Crowther argues that the great political task in aesthetics is no longer ...

A Philosophy of the Art School

A Philosophy of the Art School

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By Michael Newall
November 08, 2018

*Winner of the American Society for Aesthetics 2019 Outstanding Monograph Prize* Until now, research on art schools has been largely occupied with the facts of particular schools and teachers. This book presents a philosophical account of the underlying practices and ideas that have come to shape ...

A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment

A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment

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By Rupert Read
October 22, 2018

Inspired by the philosophy of Wittgenstein and his idea that the purpose of real philosophical thinking is not to discover something new, but to show in a strikingly different light what is already there, this book provides philosophical readings of a number of ‘arthouse’ and Hollywood films. Each ...

Fictive Narrative Philosophy How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy

Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy

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By Michael Boylan
October 22, 2018

What is the philosophical voice within literature? Does literature have a voice of its own? Can this voice really be philosophical in its own right? In this book, Michael Boylan argues that some literary works indeed can make their own unique claims in different areas of philosophy. He calls this ...

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