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Editorial Jan 2006

Editorial

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Notices Jan 2006

Notices

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Beautiful Noise, Will Swanson Jan 2006

Beautiful Noise, Will Swanson

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This article aims to explore the nature of discordant sound, such as guitar feedback, in several respects: its status as music, its status as art and the extremely interesting aesthetic responses it evokes. I will argue for its value as an art form on the grounds that: (1) it is a neglected and overlooked area of music in terms of philosophical aesthetics; (2) it raises some interesting ontological questions about the nature of artworks; and (3) it highlights some key aspects of aesthetic responses, e.g., emotions and the body. Examining the works of such music artists as The Jesus ...


Gesture, Pulsion, Grain: Barthes' Musical Semiology, Michael Szekely Jan 2006

Gesture, Pulsion, Grain: Barthes' Musical Semiology, Michael Szekely

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Although Barthes is perhaps best known as a semiotician, he is paradoxically always in search of precisely that which defies the constraints of language, whether art, signs or, in fact, language itself. Enter the relevance of music for Barthesian aesthetics. Barthes called for a "second semiology," in contrast to the classical semiology, which would explore "the body in a state of music." In this essay, I explore Barthes' musical semiology in terms of key concepts, including gesture, pulsion, grain, and jouissance. I extend the relevancy of Barthes' concepts, often articulated within the context of the Western classical musical tradition, to ...


Fact And Fiction: Writing The Difference Between Suicide And Death, John Carvalho Jan 2006

Fact And Fiction: Writing The Difference Between Suicide And Death, John Carvalho

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Did Michel Foucault die of AIDS or did he kill himself? Did he knowingly infect others in the bath houses in San Francisco or was he unaware that he was ill and of how less-than-safe sex could spread the same virus that infected him? What did he know about AIDS/HIV and what do we know about what he knew? Answers to these questions are ambiguous. This is due, in part, to the culture of homosexuality and the cultural response to AIDS/HIV at the time. It is also due to the conflicting reports about what Foucault knew, and when ...


A Phenomenological Aesthetic Of Cinematic 'Worlds', Christopher Yates Jan 2006

A Phenomenological Aesthetic Of Cinematic 'Worlds', Christopher Yates

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Contemporary film aesthetics is beset by difficulties arising from the medium itself and the bewildering itinerary of film theory. Inspired by Martin Heidegger's hermeneutical vision in "On the Origin of the Work of Art" (1935), my essay seeks to overcome this paralysis by grounding the aesthetic value of cinematic art in its ability to "disclose the world" through a convergence of artist and viewer intentionalities. Stanley Cavell has gone far by exploring a corresponding "natural relation" between philosophy and cinema, but his work assumes an ontological discourse without an appropriate phenomenological method. I contend that Mikel Dufrenne's phenomenology ...


Reflections On An Aesthetics Of Touch, Smell And Taste, Mădălina Diaconu Jan 2006

Reflections On An Aesthetics Of Touch, Smell And Taste, Mădălina Diaconu

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Modern aesthetics regards sight and hearing as the only senses which were able to produce art. Touch, smell and taste might offer pleasant stimuli, but can never achieve the status of art objects. What are the arguments for this rejection, and are they still sustainable? This paper focuses on the general and specific difficulties of forming an aesthetics of touch, smell and taste; some can be overcome, while others are still waiting for a proper answer. At the same time, artistic movements, as well as changes in recent discussions of the aesthetics of everyday life prove the necessity of extending ...


Paradoxes And Puzzles: Appreciating Gardens And Urban Nature, Stephanie Ross Jan 2006

Paradoxes And Puzzles: Appreciating Gardens And Urban Nature, Stephanie Ross

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

To explore our appreciation of gardens and urban nature, I propose a recursive definition of original or wild nature together with guidelines for discerning degrees of naturalness. Arguing (contra Robert Elliott) that nature can be restored as well as degraded, I characterize four varieties of urban nature - interrupted, altered, constructed, and virtual. I build on Stan Godlovitch's comments about scale to suggest two modes of appreciation - macroscopic and fine-focused. I close by discussing some particular examples - parks, environmental art, gardens - and drawing some conclusions for the appreciation of vernacular gardens.[1]


Interrupting Danto's Farewell Party Arrangements: Comments For Grigoriev, Kalle Puolakka Jan 2006

Interrupting Danto's Farewell Party Arrangements: Comments For Grigoriev, Kalle Puolakka

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This paper is a response to Serge Grigoriev's article "Living Art, Defining Value: Artworks and Mere Real Things" (Contemporary Aesthetics Volume 3, 2005) in which he develops Joseph Margolis' provocative Danto-criticism. He especially criticizes Danto's art-philosophical starting point, the problem of indiscernibles, claiming that it presupposes an objective value judgment that cannot be maintained and that it misrepresents the way in which people interact with art. In this article, Grigoriev's argument is found lacking mainly on two grounds. First, it overlooks where the source of Danto's starting point lies; and second, I argue that it does ...


A Reply To Puolakka, Serge Grigoriev Jan 2006

A Reply To Puolakka, Serge Grigoriev

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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From Aesthetics To Politics: Rancière, Kant And Deleuze, Katharine Wolfe Jan 2006

From Aesthetics To Politics: Rancière, Kant And Deleuze, Katharine Wolfe

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

What does politics have to do with aesthetics? Surely, both politics and aesthetics are concerned with imagining, envisioning, and even creating, yet aren't the kinds of things these fields of inquiry imagine, envision and create greatly disparate? Jacques Rancière argues that what is at stake in politics, just as it is in aesthetics, is the distribution of the sensible, and that politics happens not only through the disruption of a certain aesthetic organization of sense experience but through the eruption of a distinct aesthetics. Here I elaborate the Kantian foundation for Rancière's conception of the kind of aesthetics ...


Commitment And Communication: The Aesthetics Of Receptivity And Historicity, Todd Mei Jan 2006

Commitment And Communication: The Aesthetics Of Receptivity And Historicity, Todd Mei

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

A general tension in contemporary aesthetics can be described as existing between objective truth claims and historical relativity. The former is generally represented by the Enlightenment approaches and its descendants that ground aesthetic judgment in rationality. The latter characterizes the postmodern appeal to historicity and the exposure of historical prejudice. Following mostly the hermeneutical philosophy of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Dupré, this paper argues how aesthetic theory, defined by either pole, inadequately accounts for historicity. In response to this critique, this paper attempts to navigate between these two poles in returning to an analysis of the nature of history and ...


A Plea For A Cognitive Iconology Within Visual Culture, Ian Verstegen Jan 2006

A Plea For A Cognitive Iconology Within Visual Culture, Ian Verstegen

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

A place is needed for a 'cognitive iconology' within "visual culture." Like Logical Positivism before it, visual culture must reexamine its tacit assumption that conflation of psycho-sociological contributions to visual meaning is an adequate methodology, and that sociologism is a worthwhile overriding philosophy. Cognitive iconology isolates the psychological contribution to the study of images and does not monopolize it but isolates the foundational basis for it on which narrower interpretations must be built. With examples from the work of Titian, it is shown how the cognitive and 'cultural' contributions must work together to make meaning. Using the philosophy of Maurice ...


Wittgenstein And Haydn On Understanding Music, Yael Kaduri Jan 2006

Wittgenstein And Haydn On Understanding Music, Yael Kaduri

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Wittgenstein's remarks about music have motivated philosophers to build a comprehensive picture of his philosophy of music, concentrating on the central issues of musical meaning. It is often claimed that, according to Wittgenstein, understanding music consist in grasping the internal relationships between musical events. Musical practice, however, is naturally saturated with what philosophers often call extra-musical meanings. The present study, by considering a musical issue in Haydn's instrumental music, attempts to show that musical language games in the Wittgensteinian sense involve explanations of music that enhance the listener's ability to understand music by broadening his musical competence ...


The Color Of The Sublime Is White, Jeffrey Downard Jan 2006

The Color Of The Sublime Is White, Jeffrey Downard

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In this paper, I examine Melville's discussion in Moby Dick of the whiteness of the whale from the perspective of a Kantian account of the sublime. My aim, in the first instance, is to see if the comparison helps to shed light on Melville's puzzling discussion of the color white and why this color serves to heighten the feeling of being overwhelmed by terror when confronted with something extremely large or powerful. In turn, I intend to use Melville's discussion of whiteness to put pressure on some of the philosophical assumptions behind a Kantian analysis of the ...


Musical Experience As Aesthetic: What Cost The Label?, Wayne Bowman Jan 2006

Musical Experience As Aesthetic: What Cost The Label?, Wayne Bowman

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This brief essay draws upon a number of themes introduced in Carolyn Korsmeyer's recent book Gender and Aesthetics: An Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2004; ISBN: 0415266599). It does not attempt a comprehensive or critical review of her book; instead it focuses selectively on certain of her points in order to raise concerns of some significance to the music education discipline and, perhaps, to philosophical aesthetics. [1]


The Varieties Of Aesthetic Disinterestedness, Norman Kreitman Jan 2006

The Varieties Of Aesthetic Disinterestedness, Norman Kreitman

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Disinterestedness, a comparatively recent concept in aesthetics, is commonly held to be one of the characteristics of an appropriate response to art, but can be understood in a number of senses. Three varieties are distinguished: a strong form which confines attention exclusively to the internal relations of the work of art; a moderate variety which links internal and external features of the work but solely within the cognitive domain; and a weak form which permits the appreciator to draw on a wide range of external referents but proscribes purely idiosyncratic responses. An illustration is given of the confusion which can ...


Symposium On Pictorial Realism Jan 2006

Symposium On Pictorial Realism

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Depiction And The Sense Of Reality, John Armstrong Jan 2006

Depiction And The Sense Of Reality, John Armstrong

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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The Perceptual Constraints On Pictorial Realism, Jennifer Mcmahon Jan 2006

The Perceptual Constraints On Pictorial Realism, Jennifer Mcmahon

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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The Special And General Theory Of Realism: Reply To Abell, Armstrong, And Mcmahon, Dominic Lopes Jan 2006

The Special And General Theory Of Realism: Reply To Abell, Armstrong, And Mcmahon, Dominic Lopes

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Recent Publications Jan 2006

Recent Publications

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Realism And The Riddle Of Style, Catharine Abell Jan 2006

Realism And The Riddle Of Style, Catharine Abell

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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