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The Continental Aesthetics Reader




ISBN 9780415481847
Published June 29, 2011 by Routledge
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The Continental Aesthetics Reader brings together classic and contemporary writings on art and aesthetics from the major figures in continental thought. The second edition is clearly divided into seven sections:

  • Nineteenth-Century German Aesthetics
  • Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Excess and Affect
  • Embodiment and Technology
  • Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
  • Aesthetic Ontologies.

Each section is clearly placed in its historical and philosophical context, and each philosopher has an introduction by Clive Cazeaux. An updated list of readings for this edition includes selections from Agamben, Butler, Guattari, Nancy, Virilio, and Žižek. Suggestions for further reading are given, and there is a glossary of over fifty key terms.

Ideal for introductory courses in aesthetics, continental philosophy, art, and visual studies, The Continental Aesthetics Reader provides a thorough introduction to some of the most influential writings on art and aesthetics from Kant and Hegel to Badiou and Rancière.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Nineteenth-Century German Aesthetics  1. Extracts from Critique of Judgment Emmanuel Kant  2. Extracts from Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art G. W. F. Hegel  3. On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense Friedrich Nietzsche  Part 2: Phenomenology and Hermeneutics  4. The Origin of the Work of Art Martin Heidegger  5. What is Writing? Jean Paul Sartre  6. Reality and its Shadow Emmanuel Levinas  7. The World of the Aesthetic Object Mikel Dufrenne  8. The Dialectics of Outside and Inside Gaston Bachelard  9. Aesthetics and Hermeneutics Hans Georg Gadamer  10. What is a Text? Explanation and Understanding Paul Ricoeur  11. The Death or Decline of Art Gianni Vattimo  Part 3: Marxism and Critical Theory  12. Private Property and Communism Karl Marx  13. Extracts from Minima Moralia Theodor W. Adorno  14. Nature and Revolution Herbert Marcuse  15. Discourse in the Novel (Heteroglossia in the Novel) Mikhail Bakhtin  16. Modernity versus Postmodernity Jürgen Habermas  Part 4: Embodiment and Technology  17. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction  Walter Benjamin  18. Eye and Mind  Maurice Merleau-Ponty  19. Cosi Fan Tutti Luce Irigaray  20. The New Aesthetic Paradigm Félix Guattari  21. Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion Judith Butler  22. The Aesthetics of Disappearance Paul Virilio  Part 5: Excess and Affect  23. The Unconscious Sigmund Freud  24. The Original Experience Maurice Blanchot  25. Sanctity, Eroticism, and Solitude Georges Bataille  26. The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud Jacques Lacan  27. Approaching Abjection Julia Kristeva  28. Pornography, Nostalgia, Montage Slavoj Zizek  Part 6: Poststructuralism and Postmodernism  29. The Death of the Author Roland Barthes  30. What is an Author? Michel Foucault  31. The Parergon Jacques Derrida  32. The Resistance to Theory Paul de Man  33. The Evil Demon of Images Jean Baudrillard  34. The Sublime and the Avant-Garde Jean-Francois Lyotard  35. The Last Painting or the Portrait of God Hélène Cixous  Part 7: Aesthetic Ontologies  36. Percept, Affect, and Concept  G Deleuze & F Guattari  37. Art, a Fragment Jean-Luc Nancy  38. The Melancholy Angel Giorgio Agamben  39. Art and Philosophy Alain Badiou  40. Aesthetics as Politics Jacques Rancière.  Index

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Biography

Clive Cazeaux is Reader in Aesthetics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. His research interests are the philosophies of metaphor, visual thinking, visual arts research, and art-science practice. He is the author of Metaphor and Continental Philosophy: From Kant to Derrida (Routledge 2007).

Reviews

The Continental Aesthetics Reader is a rich and intellectually uncompromising anthology. It fills an important gap in the literature.’ Timothy R. Quigley, New School for Social Research, USA

‘There is a clear need for a reader in continental aesthetics and Clive Cazeaux has assembled the readings with great care.’ Michael Newman, Slade School of Art, London, UK

‘Cazeaux's brief introductions to the selections are insightful and cogent. This volume will serve as a much-needed source for considering the range and depth of modern aesthetic theory.’ Tom Huhn, Wesleyan University, USA

‘... a balanced and judicious selection of the most important texts from two centuries of European ruminations on art and its meaning... a welcome gift.’ Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley, USA