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Surface and Depth
Author: Richard Shusterman

ISBN: 9780801486838
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:
A paradox of surface and depth pervades the field of aesthetics. How can art's surface meanings and qualities be properly appreciated without understanding the cultural context that shapes their creation and perception? But exploring such underlying cultural conditions challenges perception of those immediate qualities and meanings of aesthetic surface that constitute the captivating power of art. If aesthetics is both surface and depth, impassioned immediacy yet also critical distance of judgment, how can this doubleness be held together in one philosophical vision?

In his new book, Richard Shusterman explores the dialectics of surface and depth by examining key issues in the philosophy of art and culture -- from the logic of interpretation and evaluation to the roots of taste and convention, from the meanings of aesthetic purity and immediacy to the role of nature, theory, and history in our experience and understanding of art. In treating these topics, Shusterman combines the methods of analytic philosophy, critical theory, and poststructualism to arrive at new positions, displaying the philosophical versatility, originality of vision, and graceful, accessible wri...

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