The Aesthetics of Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Overview

This book, a collection of newly commissioned essays by leading environmental philosophers, was originally to be published by Seven Bridges, a small scholarly press started by former editors at Stanford University Press. Seven Bridges is folding due to poor financing, and this book is now available. It is already in pages, with a cover design, and each chapter has been double-blind peer-reviewed and revised. Andrew Light is a professor of applied philosophy at NYU and a possible editor for a series in environmental philosophy.

The aesthetics of everyday life, originally developed by Henri Lefebvre and other modernist theorists, is an extension of traditional aesthetics, usually confined to works of art. It is not limited to the study of humble objects but is rather concerned with all of the undeniably aesthetic experiences that arise when one contemplates objects or performs acts that are outside the traditional realm of aesthetics. It is concerned with the nature of the relationship between subject and object.

One significant aspect of everyday aesthetics is environmental aesthetics, whether constructed, as a building, or manipulated, as a landscape. Others, also discussed in the book, include sport, weather, smell and taste, and food.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Philosophy In Review - Theodore Gracyk

Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Smith have done a genuine service in assembling the essays in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life.

Philosophy In Review
Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Smith have done a genuine service in assembling the essays in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life.

— Theodore Gracyk

Richard Shusterman

"After sleepwalking for several decades under the exclusive trance of fine art, philosophers are once again recognizing that aesthetics denotes a far wider and more significant field. In the real world of everyday living, aesthetics helps determine the clothes we wear and the food we eat, but also the company, the environments, and the beliefs we keep, and even the officials we elect. The Aesthetics of Everyday Life should be welcomed as a useful and wide-ranging collection that explores this fascinating domain."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231135030
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Light is assistant professor of environmental philosophy, director of the Environmental Conservation program, and codirector of the Applied Philosophy Group at New York University. He is the author of Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy, and Social Criticism and is the editor or coeditor of fifteen books on philosophy and environmental studies. He lives in New York City. Jonathan M. Smith is professor of geography at Texas A&M and is the coeditor of Re-Reading Cultural Geography; Worldview Flux: Perplexed Values Among Postmodern Peoples; American Space/American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States; and the journal Philosophy and Geography. He lives in Bryan, Texas.

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Table of Contents

I. Theorizing the Aesthetics of the Everyday1. The Nature of Everyday Aesthetics, by Tom Leddy2. Ideas for a Social Aesthetic, by Arnold Berleant3. On the Aesthetics of the Everyday: Familiarity, Strangeness, and the Meaning of Place, by Arto Haapala4. Danto and Baruchello: From Art to the Aesthetics of the Everyday, by Michael A. PrincipeII. Appreciating the Everyday Environment5. Building and the Naturally Unplanned, by Pauline von Bonsdorff6. What is the Correct Curriculum for Landscape?, by Allen Carlson7. Wim Wenders's Everyday Aesthetics, by Andrew LightIII. Finding the Everday Aesthetic8. Sport Viewed Aesthetically, and Even as Art?, by Wolfgang Welsch9. The Aesthetics of Weather, by Yuriko Saito10. Sniffing and Savoring: The Aesthetics of Smells and Tastes, by Emily Brady11. How Can Food Be Art?, by Glenn Kuehn

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