The Aesthetic Imperative: Writings on Art

The Aesthetic Imperative: Writings on Art

By: Peter Sloterdijk (author)Paperback

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In this wide-ranging book, renowned philosopher and cultural theorist Peter Sloterdijk examines art in all its rich and varied forms: from music to architecture, light to movement, and design to typography. Moving between the visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible, his analyses span the centuries, from ancient civilizations to contemporary Hollywood. With great verve and insight he considers the key issues that have faced thinkers from Aristotle to Adorno, looking at art in its relation to ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, society, politics, anthropology and the subject. Sloterdijk explores a great variety of topics, including the Greek-Roman invention of postcards, medieval barter with purgatory and relics, the capitalist art market, the black boxes and white cubes of modernism, the rise of world's fairs in the 19th century, the growth of museum and memorial culture, images of the city and the role of creativity. In doing so, Sloterdijk extends his characteristic method of defamiliarisation to transform the way we look at works of art and movements. His bold and original approach leads us away from the well-trodden paths of conventional art history to develop a theory of aesthetics which rejects strict categorisation, emphasising instead the crucial importance of individual subjectivity as a counter to the latent dangers of collective culture. This sustained collection of reflections, at once playful, serious and provocative, goes to the very heart of Sloterdijk's enduring philosophical preoccupation with the aesthetic. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of philosophy and aesthetics and will appeal to anyone interested in culture and the arts more generally.

About Author

Peter Sloterdijk is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Karlsruhe School of Design and the author of many works, including You Must Change Your Life.


Contents I. WORLD OF SOUND La musique retrouvee Remembrance of Beautiful Politics Where Are We When We Hear Music? II. IN THE LIGHT Clearing and Illumination. Notes on the Metaphysics, Mysticism and Politics of Light Illumination in the Black Box: On the History of Opacity III. DESIGN The Right Tool for Power: Observations on Design as the Modernization of Competence On the Charisma of Symbols For a Philosophy of Play IV. CITY AND ARCHITECTURE The City and its Negation: An Outline of Negative Political Theory. Architects Do Nothing But Inside Theory : Peter Sloterdijk in conversation with Sabine Kraft and Nikolaus Kuhnert For a Participatory Architecture - Notes on the Art of Daniel Libeskind with reference to Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Paul Valery V. CONDITIO HUMANA Essay on the Life of the Artist: Heretics *Wastrels* Falls/Cases* Inhabitants Confessions of a Loser Minima Cosmetica - An Essay on Self-Aggrandizement. VI. MUSEUM The Museum ? School of Disconcertment World Museum and World s Fair VII. ART SYSTEM I tell you: one must still have chaos in oneself Art is folding into itself Emissaries of Violence - On the Metaphysics of Action Cinema Good-For-Nothing Returns Home or The End of an Alibi - and A Theory of the End of Art Afterword by Peter Weibel: Sloterdijk and the Question of Aesthetics Notes Publication Sources

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  • ISBN13: 9780745699875
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780745699875
  • weight: 519
  • ISBN10: 0745699871

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