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4. Everyday beauty

4. Everyday beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0004
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‘Everyday beauty’ discusses the very ‘minimal beauty’ which is a permanent interest of rational beings as they strive to achieve order in their surroundings and to be at home in their ... More
1. Kant and modernity

1. Kant and modernity  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.0001
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‘Kant and modernity’ argues that Kant's philosophy has to be grasped as part of the larger historical picture of which it is an expression. This is because the assumption that things have a ... More
8. Sapere aude: The exhaustion of theory and the promise of philosophy

8. Sapere aude: The exhaustion of theory and the promise of philosophy  

Simon Critchley

in Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776373
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853592.003.0008
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‘Sapere aude: The exhaustion of theory and the promise of philosophy’ explains that current divisions in the study of philosophy are a consequence of professional self-descriptions which ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Margaret Walters

in Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776106
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805102.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ asks What is feminism? This VSI is particularly concerned with feminism in Britain and its development over time. The beginnings of feminism, the impetus to challenge ... More
Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction

Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction  

Bence Nanay

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
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9780191865633
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826613.001.0001
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9780198826613
Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste. It doesn’t just consider traditional artistic experiences such as artworks in a museum or an opera ... More
2. Human beauty

2. Human beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0002
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In the realm of art, beauty is an object of contemplation, not desire. Does this mean that there are two kinds of beauty — the beauty of people and the beauty of art? ‘Human beauty’ ... More
7. Art and erōs

7. Art and erōs  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0007
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‘Art and eros’ focuses on painting, in order to distinguish between erotic art and sexual fantasy. The Platonic view, that eros is the governing principle of beauty in all its forms, ... More
6. Beauty and design

6. Beauty and design  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0006
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9780192801999
Kant's writings on religion show an attempt at the systematic demystification of theology. ‘Beauty and design’ analyses Kant's writings on religion and touches upon Kant's aesthetics. An ... More
8. The flight from beauty

8. The flight from beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0008
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‘The flight from beauty’ argues that, whereas fin-de-siècle culture continued to believe in beauty, while focusing on all the reasons for doubting that beauty is obtainable outside the ... More
1. Life, works, and character

1. Life, works, and character  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0001
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9780192801999
Kant's life was ruled by duty. His life was unremarkable. He devoted himself to scholarship so ensured that his life was governed by routines. ‘Life, works, and character’ charts Kant's ... More
7. On knowing and not knowing God

7. On knowing and not knowing God  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0007
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9780198708957
How can God be known? ‘On knowing and not knowing God’ proposes that it could only be if God creates the means of that knowing, and of that being known. What are the effects through which ... More
2. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll

2. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll  

Bence Nanay

in Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
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9780191865633
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826613.003.0002
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9780198826613
The experiences that would count as aesthetic in some sense are very diverse, and it is challenging to find something they have in common. ‘Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’ considers four ... More
Love: A Very Short Introduction

Love: A Very Short Introduction  

Ronald de Sousa

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.001.0001
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9780199663842
Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral qualities? Are love’s characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? What do the sciences tell us about love? Many of the ... More
1. Judging beauty

1. Judging beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0001
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We discern beauty in concrete objects and abstract ideas, in works of nature and works of art, in things, animals and people, in objects, qualities and actions. As the list expands to take ... More
7. In the dockdon’t bet on the prince

7. In the dock: don’t bet on the prince  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0007
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9780199532155
In the post-war period, fairy tales were denounced as a blunt tool of patriarchy, the bourgeoisie, cosmetic surgeons, the fashion industry, and psychoanalysts bent on curbing girls’ ... More
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction  

Roger Scruton

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.001.0001
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9780199229758
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object — either in art, in nature, or the human form — beautiful. It strongly refutes the ... More
3. Natural beauty

3. Natural beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0003
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9780199229758
In the 18th century, philosophers and writers became preoccupied with the subject of beauty, focusing on nature and landscape. All rational beings, Kant believed, are capable of aesthetic ... More
5. Artistic beauty

5. Artistic beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0005
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9780199229758
Only in the 19th century, did art replace natural beauty as the core subject-matter of aesthetics. Works of art have a dominant function. They are objects of aesthetic interest. They may ... More
2. How does film music work?

2. How does film music work?  

Kathryn Kalinak

in Film Music: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365685
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10.1093/actrade/9780195370874.003.0002
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9780195370874
Film music can be music in its own right, but when it is ‘film music’ it is defined by its function within a cinematic field of reference. ‘How does film music work?’ introduces some of the ... More

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