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Aesthetics

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  • The Practice

    by Seth Godin

    From the bestselling author of Purple Cow and This is Marketing comes an elegant little 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 ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Reparative Aesthetics

    Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography

    by Professor Susan Best

    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

    $38.16 AUD

  • Ways of Seeing

    by John Berger

    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

  • Either/Or

    A Fragment of Life

    by Soren Kierkegaard and 4 more

    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

  • 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

    $11.65 AUD

  • Philosophy Bites

    by David Edmonds and 1 more

    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

    $13.19 AUD

  • Living Fully

    Finding Joy in Every Breath

    by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

    We all aspire to live fully and freely in the moment.In Living Fully, Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche reveals timeless wisdom that can help us fulfill this deepest aspiration. Each succinct teaching is a luminous jewel, an invaluable guide to actualizing our innate potential and breathing with joy and ease.Today, with so many struggling with financial, relationship, and career challenges, Living Fully: ... Read more

    $26.39 AUD

  • Divine Beauty

    The Invisible Embrace

    by John O'Donohue

    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

  • 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

  • How to Read Literature

    by Terry Eagleton and 1 more

    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

    $19.68 AUD

  • Modern Philosophy

    An Introduction and Survey

    by Sir Roger Scruton

    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

    $20.67 AUD

  • The Wisdom of Life

    by Arthur Schopenhauer

    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

    $1.52 AUD

  • 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

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

    An Introduction to Art Theory

    by Cynthia Freeland

    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

    $14.62 AUD

  • The Birth of Tragedy

    Out of the Spirit of Music

    by Friedrich Nietzsche

    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 Invisible Dragon

    Essays on Beauty, Revised and Expanded

    by Dave Hickey

    The Invisible Dragon made a lot of noise for a little book When it was originally published in 1993 it was championed by artists for its forceful call for a reconsideration of beauty—and savaged by more theoretically oriented critics who dismissed the very concept of beauty as naive, igniting a debate that has shown no sign of flagging.With this revised and expanded edition, Hickey is back to fan ... Read more

    $18.47 AUD

  • Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

    by Christopher Butler

    series Very Short Introductions
    Is a tower block, your unmade bed, your lavatory basin, or the bicycle chained to the gate next door a work of art? Why should a novel have a beginning, a middle, and an end; or even a story? Whether we recognise it or not, virtually every aspect of our life today has been influenced in part by the aesthetic legacy of Modernism. In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler examines how and ... Read more

    $11.65 AUD

  • Stranger Faces

    by Namwali Serpell

    series Undelivered Lectures
    National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistA New Yorker Best Book of 2020"Wise, warm, witty and dizzyingly wide-ranging."—The New York Times"Serpell’s vital treatise is one readers will find themselves returning to again and again."—Publishers Weekly, Starred ReviewIf evolutionary biologists, ethical philosophers, and social media gurus are to be believed, the face... ... Read more

    $18.47 AUD

  • Atmospheric Architectures

    The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces

    by Professor Gernot Böhme and 1 more

    There is fast-growing awareness of the role atmospheres play in architecture. Of equal interest to contemporary architectural practice as it is to aesthetic theory, this 'atmospheric turn' owes much to the work of the German philosopher Gernot Böhme.Atmospheric Architectures: The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces brings together Böhme's most seminal writings on the subject, through chapters selected from ... Read more

    $40.58 AUD

  • Who Says That's Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts

    by Michelle Marder Kamhi

    Today's artworld experts accept virtually anything as "art"—from all-black paintings and facsimiles of supermarket cartons to dead animals preserved in formaldehyde. Many art lovers reject such things, arguing that they are not art. This book explains why those ordinary people are right and the presumed experts are wrong.Museums and galleries around the world are filled with "cutting-edge" ... Read more

    $12.47 AUD

  • Music as an Art

    by Sir Roger Scruton

    Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German idealism, as well as recalling the author's struggle to encourage his students to distinguish the qualities of good music. Scruton then explains – via erudite chapters on Schubert, Britten, Rameau, opera and film – how we ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • Ecce Homo

    How One Becomes What One is

    by Friedrich Nietzsche and 2 more

    In late 1888, only weeks before his final collapse into madness, Nietzsche (1844-1900) set out to compose his autobiography, and Ecce Homo remains one of the most intriguing yet bizarre examples of the genre ever written. In this extraordinary work Nietzsche traces his life, work and development as a philosopher, examines the heroes he has identified with, struggled against and then overcome - ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass (English Edition)

    by Walt Whitman

    "As I ponder'd in silence, Returning upon my poems, considering, lingering long, A Phantom arose before me with distrustful aspect, Terrible in beauty, age, and power, The genius of poets of old lands, As to me directing like flame its eyes, With finger pointing to many immortal songs, And menacing voice, What singest thou? it said, Know'st thou not there is but one theme for ever-enduring bards? ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD