The Aesthetics of Everyday Life

The Aesthetics of Everyday Life

By: Jonathan Smith (editor), Andrew Light (editor)Hardback

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The aesthetics of everyday life, originally developed by Henri Lefebvre and other modernist theorists, is an extension of traditional aesthetics, usually confined to works of art. It is not limited to the study of humble objects but is rather concerned with all of the undeniably aesthetic experiences that arise when one contemplates objects or performs acts that are outside the traditional realm of aesthetics. It is concerned with the nature of the relationship between subject and object. One significant aspect of everyday aesthetics is environmental aesthetics, whether constructed, as a building, or manipulated, as a landscape. Others, also discussed in the book, include sport, weather, smell and taste, and food.

About Author

Andrew Light is assistant professor of environmental philosophy, director of the Environmental Conservation program, and codirector of the Applied Philosophy Group at New York University. He is the author of Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy, and Social Criticism and is the editor or coeditor of fifteen books on philosophy and environmental studies. He lives in New York City. Jonathan M. Smith is professor of geography at Texas A&M and is the coeditor of Re-Reading Cultural Geography; Worldview Flux: Perplexed Values Among Postmodern Peoples; American Space/American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States; and the journal Philosophy and Geography. He lives in Bryan, Texas.


I. Theorizing the Aesthetics of the Everyday 1. The Nature of Everyday Aesthetics, by Tom Leddy 2. Ideas for a Social Aesthetic, by Arnold Berleant 3. On the Aesthetics of the Everyday: Familiarity, Strangeness, and the Meaning of Place, by Arto Haapala 4. Danto and Baruchello: From Art to the Aesthetics of the Everyday, by Michael A. Principe II. Appreciating the Everyday Environment 5. Building and the Naturally Unplanned, by Pauline von Bonsdorff 6. What is the Correct Curriculum for Landscape?, by Allen Carlson 7. Wim Wenders's Everyday Aesthetics, by Andrew Light III. Finding the Everday Aesthetic 8. Sport Viewed Aesthetically, and Even as Art?, by Wolfgang Welsch 9. The Aesthetics of Weather, by Yuriko Saito 10. Sniffing and Savoring: The Aesthetics of Smells and Tastes, by Emily Brady 11. How Can Food Be Art?, by Glenn Kuehn

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  • ISBN13: 9780231135023
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780231135023
  • ISBN10: 0231135025

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