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Social Contract, Masochist Contract
Social Contract, Masochist Contract (January 2014)
Aesthetics of Freedom and Submission in Rousseau
Fayçal Falaky - Author

Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Theorization of sensual desire was not uncommon in the eighteenth century; like many materialists of the French Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau rejected imperatives founded on metaphysical suppositions and viewed the senses as the only valid source of philosophical knowledge. In Social Cont...(Read More)
 
 
Redeeming Words
Redeeming Words (November 2013)
Language and the Promise of Happiness in the Stories of Döblin and Sebald
David Michael Kleinberg-Levin - Author

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.

In this probing look at Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the stories of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words offers a philosophical meditation on the power of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin draws on the critical theory of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romantic...(Read More)

 
 
Dramatic Experiments
Dramatic Experiments (October 2013)
Life according to Diderot
Eyal Peretz - Author

A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.

Dramatic Experiments offers a comprehensive study of Denis Diderot, one of the key figures of European modernity. Diderot was a French Enlightenment philosopher, dramatist, art critic, and editor of the first major modern encyclopedia. He is known for having made lasting contributions to a number of fields, but h...(Read More)
 
 
Aesthetics of the Virtual
Aesthetics of the Virtual (December 2012)
Roberto Diodato - Author
Justin L. Harmon - Translator
Silvia Benso - Revised and Edited by
John Protevi - Foreword by

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

Arguing that the virtual body is something new—namely, an entity that from an ontological perspective has only recently entered the world—Roberto Diodato considers the implications of this kind of body for aesthetics. Virtual bodies insert themselves into the space opened up by the famous distinction in Ari...(Read More)
 
 
Collecting Objects / Excluding People
Collecting Objects / Excluding People (September 2012)
Chinese Subjects and American Visual Culture, 1830-1900
Lenore Metrick-Chen - Author

Combining aesthetic and political history, explores the influence of Chinese people and objects on American visual culture.

In Collecting Objects / Excluding People, Lenore Metrick-Chen demonstrates an unknown impact of Chinese immigration upon nineteenth-century American art and visual culture. The American ideas of “Chineseness” ranged from a negative portrayal to an admiring one and these...(Read More)
 
 
Enchanting
Enchanting (August 2012)
Beyond Disenchantment
Stephen David Ross - Author

Explores how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world.

Taking his departure from Max Weber’s famous description of the world as disenchanted, by which he meant that everything could now be accounted for by theoretical and empirical science, Stephen David Ross asks how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world. Enchanting offers...(Read More)
 
 
Mimesis and Reason
Mimesis and Reason (September 2011)
Habermas's Political Philosophy
Gregg Daniel Miller - Author

Excavates the experiential structure of Habermas’s communicative action.

Complicating the standard interpretation of Habermas as a proceduralist, Mimesis and Reason uncovers the role that mimesis, or imitation, plays as a genuinely political force in communicative action. Through a penetrating examination of Habermas’s use of themes and concepts from Plato, George Herbert Mead, and Walter Benj...(Read More)
 
 
The Unconcept
The Unconcept (May 2011)
The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory
Anneleen Masschelein - Author

Explores the conceptualization of the Freudian uncanny in various late-twentieth-century theoretical and critical discourses.

The Unconcept is the first genealogy of the concept of the Freudian uncanny. It traces the development, paradoxes, and movements of this negative concept through various fields and disciplines from psychoanalysis, literary theory, and philosophy to film studies, genre studies, soci...(Read More)
 
 
Figures of Simplicity
Figures of Simplicity (January 2011)
Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville
Birgit Mara Kaiser - Author

A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a unique constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist,  Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an attempt to recover alternative conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of thinking lost in the disciplinary narration of ae...(Read More)
 
 
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language (July 2010)
Robert Hughes - Author

Explores why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental thinkers turn to art when writing about ethics.

This book explores the relationship between literature and ethics, showing how literature and art work to open up a part of ethics that resists traditional philosophy. Focusing on three American Romantic texts—Wieland, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and The Marble Fau...(Read More)
 
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