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The Continental Aesthetics Reader is the first comprehensive anthology of classic writings on art and aesthetics from the major figures in Continental thought. The Reader is divided into six sections, each clearly placed in its historical and philosophical context: Nineteenth Century German Aesthetics, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Marxism and Critical Theory, Poststructuralism and Postmodernism, and Psychoanalysis and Feminism.

The collection features the most widely read and representative writings of each movement by 34 major thinkers:

Kant *Sartre *Benjamin *Lyotard *Hegel *Levinas *Blanchot *Deleuze *Nietzsche *Marx *Bloch *Freud *Heidegger *Lukacs *Bataille *Lacan *Dufrenne *Adorno *Foucault *Kristeva *Bachelard *Marcuse *Barthes *Irigaray *Merleau-Ponty *Habermas *Derrida *Cixous *Gadamer *Jameson *de Man * Vattimo * Simmel * Baudrillard
Bringing together some of the most influential writings on aesthetics, continental philosophy, art and visual studies, The Continental Aesthetics Reader provides a thorough and much-needed introduction to the field.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415200547
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Nineteenth-Century German Aesthetics 1
1 Extracts from 'Analytic of Aesthetic Judgement' and 'Dialectic of Aesthetic Judgment', Critique of Judgment 16
2 Extracts from Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art 35
3 On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense 53
Pt. 2 Phenomenology and Hermeneutics 63
4 The Origin of the Work of Art 80
5 What is Writing? 102
6 Reality and its Shadow 117
7 The World of the Aesthetic Object 129
8 The Dialectics of Outside and Inside 151
9 The Intertwining - The Chiasm 164
10 Aesthetics and Hermeneutics 181
11 The Death or Decline of Art 187
Pt. 3 Marxism and Critical Theory 195
12 Private Property and Communism 210
13 Specific Particularity as the Central Category of Aesthetics 220
14 Extracts from Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life 234
15 Nature and Revolution 257
16 Modernity versus Postmodernity 268
17 Extract from 'Questions and Counterquestions' 278
18 Postmodernism and Consumer Society 282
Pt. 4 Modernism 295
19 Value and Money 305
20 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 322
21 The Original Experience 344
22 Artistic Illusion as Visible Anticipatory Illumination 355
Pt. 5 Poststructuralism and Postmodernism 365
23 Sanctity, Eroticism and Solitude 384
24 The Plates of the Encyclopedia 392
25 Las Meninas 401
26 The Parergon 412
27 The Resistance to Theory 429
28 The Evil Demon of Images 444
29 The Sublime and the Avant-Garde 453
30 Percept, Affect, and Concept 465
Pt. 6 Psychoanalysis and Feminism 489
31 The Unconscious 506
32 Of the Gaze as Objet Petit a 519
33 Approaching Abjection 542
34 The Invisible of the Flesh: A Reading of Merleau-Ponty, 'The Intertwining - The Chiasm' 563
35 The Last Painting or the Portrait of God 583
Select bibliography of major works in English 598
Index 611
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