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  1. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    This is a good introduction to aesthetics from the point of view of a range of philosophers However Wicks hasn't gone back to original sources and relied on secondary material which makes me wonder as to accuracy I'm also not clear on the criteria for selection and if it's just related to what fits within his paradigm eg is he just selecting for authors who focus on aesthetics as a doorway to social change? what about those artists who look backwards or who want to maintain an eternal present? what about Kant’s morality is moving forward not ossifying? what underpins this idea of art as the procession moving society towards a pinnacle of euity? Wicks also writes about Deleuze as though he doesn't have a clue because Wicks ignores Deleuze’s ideas of the desiring machine desiring production and becoming as a clue to how Deleuze sees the aesthetic in bringing disparate objects together to machine the new


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European Aesthetics [BOOKS] ✮ European Aesthetics Author Robert L. Wicks – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The only book to cover the evolution of one of the most important areas of philosophyThe birth of the Enlightenment heralded a new reverence for the power of reason But as science flourished in Europe The only book to cover the evolution of one of the most important areas of philosophyThe birth of the Enlightenment heralded a new reverence for the power of reason But as science flourished in Europe violence and brutality did not abate In the French Revolution thousands were guillotined and the death toll was vast Philosophers asked whether we had become dehumanised by rationality and abstract political theory Did art and literature provide a way to rediscover our soul and our compassion Or could art be corrupted just as easily used as propaganda to justify abhorrent acts   In this masterful survey of European Aesthetics over the last two hundred years philosopher Robert L Wicks argues that it is this tension between creativity and rationality that has characterised debate in the subject Presenting the theories of sixteen seminal thinkers including Kant Nietzsche Freud and Derrida European Aesthetics shows how each philosopher’s theory of art was motivated by broader topics in their thought concerning who we are and what a good society should resemble   With colour photographs and written in a lively but objective tone Wicks analyses important pieces of art makes critical comparisons between thinkers and offers a bold conclusion on our contemporary aesthetic situation In an internet age where we are presented with endless opportunity but also startling existential uestions this is the definitive account of the evolution of continental thought in this hugely relevant and exciting area of philosophy.

  • Hardcover
  • 360 pages
  • European Aesthetics
  • Robert L. Wicks
  • English
  • 20 April 2016
  • 9781851688180