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Aesthetics eBooks

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  • The Practice

    by Seth Godin ...
    From the bestselling author of Purple Cow and This is Marketing comes a book that will inspire artists, writers, and entrepreneurs to stretch and commit to putting their best work out into the world.Creative work doesn't come with a guarantee. But there is a pattern to who succeeds and who doesn't. And engaging in the consistent practice of its pursuit is the best way forward.Based on the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Reparative Aesthetics

    Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography

    By offering a new way of thinking about the role of politically engaged art, Susan Best opens up a new aesthetic field: reparative aesthetics. The book identifies an innovative aesthetic on the part of women photographers from the southern hemisphere, who against the dominant modes of criticality in political art, look at how cultural production can be reparative.The winner ofthe Art Association ... Read more

    $40.99 AUD

  • Ways of Seeing

    by John Berger ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever."Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.""But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Wabi Sabi

    Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

    by Beth Kempton ...
    'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, FeastA whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, apprecia... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    by Milan Kundera ...
    'A cult figure.' Guardian'A dark and brilliant achievement.' Ian McEwan'Shamelessly clever ... Exhilaratingly subversive and funny.' Independent'A modern classic ... As relevant now as when it was first published. ' John BanvilleA young woman is in love with a successful surgeon; a man torn between his love for her and his womanising. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, live... ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Art Of Memory

    The ancient Greeks, to whom a trained memory was of vital importance - as it was to everyone before the invention of printing - created an elaborate memory system, based on a technique of impressing 'places' and 'images' on the mind. Inherited and recorded by the Romans, this art of memory passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, at the Renaissance, and particularly by ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Either/Or

    A Fragment of Life

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Aristotle: The Complete Works

    by Aristotle ...
    Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and student of Plato who stunningly changed the course of Western philosophy. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, once called his writing style "a river of gold;" and his scope of thought and subsequent influence on the study of science, logic, philosophical ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD

  • Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

    by Roger Scruton ...
    series Very Short Introductions
    Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Art of Creative Thinking

    by Rod Judkins ...
    A scuba diving company faces bankruptcy because sharks have infested the area. Solution? Open the world's first extreme diving school.The Art of Creative Thinking reveals how we can transform ourselves, our businesses and our society through a deeper understanding of human creativity.Rod Judkins, of the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, has studied successful creative thinkers from every ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Philosophy Bites

    Philosophy Bites is a selection of the best interviews from the hugely successful podcast of the same name. Leading philosophers discuss a wide range of philosophical issues, from ethics to aesthetics to metaphysics, in a lively, informal, personal way. Time, infinity, evil, friendship, animals, wine, sport, tragedy - all human life is here.Philosophy Bites was set up in 2007 by David Edmonds and ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Vibrate Higher Daily

    Live Your Power

    by Lalah Delia ...
    Tap into your inner power with this mind-opening guide to vibrational-based living from Instagram star and self-help pioneer behind the internet community Vibrate Higher Daily.“There is another way of being in the world. There is a better way to exist, rise, move beyond, and take our power back.”Too often we feel pulled down by circumstances or the negativity of others. We think we have no control ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Modern Philosophy

    An Introduction and Survey

    Roger Scruton is one of the most widely respected philosophers of our time, whose often provocative views never fail to simulate debate. In Modern Philosophy he turns his attention to the whole of the field, from the philosophy of logic to aesthetics, and in so doing provides us with an essential and comprehensive guide to modern thinking. ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • About Looking

    by John Berger ...
    'Polemical, meditative, radical, always original, Berger's essays are extremely wide-ranging' Geoff Dyer'One of the most influential intellectuals of our time' Observer'Berger is a writer one demands to know more about ... an intriguing and powerful mind and talent' New York TimesAs a novelist, essayist, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Divine Beauty

    The Invisible Embrace

    In this eagerly awaited follow-up to his international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, John O'Donohue turns his attention to the subject of beauty - the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heart.In these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis, we are riven with anxiety; our trust in the future has lost its innocence, for we know now ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • In Praise of Shadows

    An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How to Read Literature

    A literary master’s entertaining guide to reading with deeper insight, better understanding, and greater pleasureWhat makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • The Birth of Tragedy

    Out of the Spirit of Music

    Translated by Shaun Whiteside ...
    Nietzsche's first published book, The Birth of Tragedy is a compelling argument for the necessity of art in lifeThis landmark work of criticism is fuelled by Nietzsche's enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner, to whom the book was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between two central forces in art: the Apolline, representing beauty and order ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • The Wisdom of Life

    Collected here are four short essays, Division of the Subject, Personality, or What a Man Is, Property, or What a Man Has, Position, or a Man's Place in the Estimation of Others, by the world renowned philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Ring of Truth

    The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

    by Roger Scruton ...
    Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for over a century and a half. No recent study has examined the meaning of Wagner's masterpiece with the attention to detail and intellectual power that Roger Scruton brings to it in this inspiring account. The Ring of Truth is an exploration of the drama, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Birth of Tragedy

    series Oxford World's Classics
    'Yes, what is Dionysian? - This book provides an answer - "a man who knows" speaks in it, the initiate and disciple of his god.' The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a book about the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. For Nietzsche, Greek tragedy is the expression of a culture which has achieved a delicate but powerful balance between Dionysian insight into the ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory

    An Introduction to Art Theory

    In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Bluets

    AS SEEN ON BBC2’S BETWEEN THE COVERS

    by Maggie Nelson ...
    **AS SEEN ON BBC2's BETWEEN THE COVERS**A Guardian Book of the YearMaggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation - Olivia LaingBluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Kl... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Dream of Enlightenment

    The Rise of Modern Philosophy

    **'This is a blast of fresh air' Jonathan Clark, TLS'Thank goodness for Gottlieb' Daily Telegraph'A joy to read' EconomistThe author of the celebrated The Dream of Reason vividly explains the rise of modern thought from Descartes to Rousseau**Western philosophy is now two and a half millennia old, but much of it came in just two staccato bursts, each lasting only about 150 years. In his landmark ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD