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A Work of Beauty

A Work of Beauty

Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh

  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781902419909
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 224
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HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE. "I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day - traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade that I have walked past before and not noticed; an unregarded doorway with the names, in brass, of those who lived there sixty years ago, the bell-pulls sometimes still in place, as if one might summon long-departed residents from their slumbers." Edinburgh is a city of stories - a place that has witnessed everything from great historical upheavals, to the individual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Every spire, cobblestone, bridge, close and avenue has a tale to tell. In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own, distinctive story of Edinburgh - combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology.

The State as a Work of Art

The State as a Work of Art

The Cultural Origins of the Constitution

  • Author: Eric Slauter
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226761959
  • Category: History
  • Page: 373
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The founding of the United States after the American Revolution was so deliberate, so inspired, and so monumental in scope that the key actors considered this new government to be a work of art framed from natural rights. Recognizing the artificial nature of the state, these early politicians believed the culture of a people should inform the development of their governing rules and bodies. Eric Slauter explores these central ideas in this extensive and novel account of the origins and meanings of the Constitution of the United States. Slauter uncovers the hidden cultural histories upon which the document rests, highlights the voices of ordinary people, and considers how the artifice of the state was challenged in its effort to sustain inalienable natural rights alongside slavery and to achieve political secularization at a moment of growing religious expression. A complement to classic studies of the Constitution’s economic, ideological, and political origins, The State as a Work of Art sheds new light on the origins of the Constitution and on ongoing debates over its interpretation.

For the Love of Beauty

For the Love of Beauty

Art History and the Moral Foundations of Aesthetic Judgment

  • Author: Arthur Pontynen
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351519638
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 371
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For most of the last century the methodology of art history has followed a positivist approach, emphasizing form and style, fact and history as the means of studying works of art. By contrast the philosophical pursuit of truth, once central to the fine arts and humanities has largely been abandoned. In For The Love of Beauty, Arthur Pontynen offers a searching and ambitious critique of modern aesthetic practice that aims to restore the pursuit of the knowledge of reality--Being--to its rightful place.Pontynen begins by addressing the question of why the pursuit of truth (be it called Dao, Dharma, God, Logos, Ideal, etc.) is no longer acceptable in academic circles even though it has been intrinsic to the purpose of art at most times and in most cultures. Lacking the pursuit of truth, of some degree of knowledge of what is true and good, the humanities necessarily lack intellectual and cultural grounding and purpose. Fields of study such as philosophy, music, art, and history are therefore trivialized and brutalized. Pontynen's focus on the study of the visual arts details the how the denial of purpose and quality in modernist and postmodernist aesthetics has denied art any possibility of transcending entertainment, therapy, or propaganda.In place of the established narratives, Pontynen offers a counter-narrative based on a cross-cultural pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful. He recognizes that substantively different cultural traditions exist and that the truth claims of each may be valid in whole or in part. He shows how the history of art parallels the intellectual history of Western culture and how these parallels affect both aesthetics and ethics. Pontynen engages with those elements of modernist and postmodernist thought that might be true. His purpose is not simply to deny their validity but to engage a viewpoint that does not privilege the notion of a purposeless cosmos. For the Love of Beauty will be of interest

The Metaphysics of Beauty

The Metaphysics of Beauty

  • Author: Nick Zangwill
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801438202
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 224
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He uses this principle to defend the notion of the aesthetic, to call for a version of aesthetic formalism, and to reconsider the reality of beauty."--BOOK JACKET.

The Psychology of Beauty

The Psychology of Beauty

  • Author: Ethel D. Puffer
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • ISBN: 1775416283
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 292
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What do we mean we call something -- or someone -- beautiful? Which mental and cognitive processes play a role in making aesthetic judgments? Trailblazing female psychologist Ethel Puffer tackles these questions and many more in a series of engaging essays in The Psychology of Beauty.

The Abuse of Beauty

The Abuse of Beauty

Aesthetics and the Concept of Art

  • Author: Arthur Coleman Danto
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780812695403
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 167
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In The Abuse of Beauty, art critic and philosopher Arthur Danto explains how the notion of beauty as anathema to art arose and flourished and offers a new way of looking at art and beauty. He draws on the thought of artists, critics, and philosophers such as Rimbaud, Fry, Matisse, and Greenberg, to reposition beauty as one of many modes ? along with sexuality, sublimity, disgust, and horror ? through which the human sensibility expresses itself. 20 black-and-white illustrations are included.

The Persistence of Beauty

The Persistence of Beauty

Victorians to Moderns

  • Author: Mark Sandy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317303822
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 208
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This significant collection of essays examines the cultural, literary, philosophical and historical representation of beauty in British, Irish and American literature. Contributors use the works of Charles Dickens, T S Eliot, W H Auden and Stephen Spender among others to explore the role of beauty and its wider implications in art and society.

Maritain’s Ontology of the Work of Art

Maritain’s Ontology of the Work of Art

  • Author: J.W. Hanke
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9401024847
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 138
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I. Since the appearance in 1902 of Benedetto Croce's L'estetica come scienza dell' espressione e linguistica generale, the problem of the ontology of the work of art or aesthetic object - what kind of thing it is and what its mode of being is - has come to occupy a central place in the philosophy of art. Moreover, a particular conception of the identity of art objects is at present a driving force in some quarters of the art world itself. As Harold Rosenberg so well points out, Minimalist or Reductive Art has attempted, sometimes quite self-consciously, to establish the autonomous physical reality of the work of art by empty ing it of all expressive and representational content. ! What is the ontological problem? One rather crude way of stating it is to ask where the work of art or object of aesthetic contemplation 2 exists. Is it, to pick some examples, to be identified with the material product of the artist's labors which exists spatially "outside of" and independently of artist and beholder? Or does it exist only "in the mind" of the beholder or the artist? Is it either one perception of a beholder or a series of his perceptions? Or is it the class of all percep tions of either all spectators or all "qualified" spectators? Put another way, it would be a question of whether and to what such purported names as 'Beethoven's Fifth Symphony' refer.

The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty

The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty

A Lonergan Approach

  • Author: John Dadosky
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 144266732X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
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According to the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, a world that has lost sight of beauty is a world riddled with skepticism, moral and aesthetic relativism, conflicting religious worldviews, and escalating ecological crises. In The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty, John D. Dadosky uses Kierkegaard and Nietzsche’s negative aesthetics to outline the context of that loss, and presents an argument for reclaiming beauty as a metaphysical property of being. Inspired by Bernard Lonergan’s philosophy of consciousness, Dadosky presents a philosophy of beauty that is grounded in contemporary Thomistic thought. Responding to Balthasar, he argues for a concept of beauty that can be experienced, understood, judged, created, contemplated, and even loved. Deeply engaged with the work of Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kant, among others, The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty will be essential reading for those interested in contemporary philosophy and theology.