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Volume Editors: Jacque Lynn Foltyn and Laura Petican
For the contributors to In Fashion: Culture, Commerce, Craft, and Identity being “in fashion” is about self-presentation; defining how fashion is presented in the visual, written, and performing arts; and about design, craft, manufacturing, packaging, marketing and archives. The book’s international cast of authors engage “in” fashion from various disciplinary, professional, and creative perspectives; i.e., anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural studies, design, environmental studies, fashion studies, history, international relations, literature, marketing, philosophy, sociology, technology, and theatre.

In Fashion has five sections:
• Fashioning Representations: Texts, Images, and Performances;
• Fashionable: Shopping, Luxury, and Vintage;
• Fashion’s Materials: Craft, Industry, and Innovation;
• Museum Worthy: Fashion and the Archive;
• Fashioning Cultural Identities: Case Studies.
Der anti-objektivistische Einwand in Philosophie und Kunst
Was ist und was kann Kunst? Die zentralen Fragen der philosophischen Ästhetik sind nur anti-objektivistisch zu beantworten. Doch was das heißt, das zeigt sich erst in der Begegnung historisch-systematischen Denkens mit der Kunst.
Andrea Sakoparnig plädiert dafür, im Ausgang von der Frage nach der Objektivität des Ästhetischen die beiden zentralen Fragen der philosophischen Ästhetik neu zu stellen. Dazu rekonstruiert und diskutiert sie den in der philosophischen Tradition formulierten Einwand vom objektivistischen Missverständnis, den sie auf seine Wurzeln hin reflektiert und mit drei paradigmatischen Kunstwerken der Avantgarde konfrontiert. Damit begibt sie sich auf den Weg zu einer neuen Ontologie des Kunstwerks, die den heterogenen Plural der Seins- und Erscheinungsweisen von Kunst zum Ausgang nimmt.
Thinking the Cinemakeover in the Film-Philosophy Debate
What is ‘the good’ of the film experience? And how does the budding field of ‘film as philosophy’ answer this question? Charting new routes for film ethics, Martin P. Rossouw develops a critical account of the transformational ethics at work within the ‘film as philosophy’ debate. Whenever philosophers claim that films can do philosophy, they also persistently put forward edifying practical effects – potential transformations of thought and experience – as the benefit of viewing such films. Through rigorous appraisals of key arguments, and with reference to the cinema of Terrence Malick, Rossouw pieces together the idea of an inner makeover through cinema – a cinemakeover – which casts a distinct vision of film spectatorship as a practice of self-transformation.
Over the last several decades an increasing number of people have studied film with a general interest in philosophy. Philos-sophia, the love of wisdom, is an attempt at interpreting or questioning human existence and the world in its entirety. Naturally film can be one of its subjects. In this series, philosophical writers account for their experience of specific films, directors, certain themes, or the phenomenon of film in general. Philosophy of film exceeds the schedule of mere interpretation and puts film in relationship with classical philosophical questions such as (its own) essence, truth, or beauty. Those reflections can also take the form of film aesthetics and film theory, which are philosophical inasmuch as their approaches are methodologically sophisticated and they transgress empiricism. Benefiting from the intellectual wealth of the entire history of the humanities, this series is an ideal source for anyone interested in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.

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Author: Gino Zaccaria
In this book, Gino Zaccaria offers a philosophical meditation on the issue of art in light of its originary sense. He shows how this sense can be fully understood provided that our thinking, on the one hand, returns to the ancient Greek world where it must heed the voice and hints of the goddess Athena, and, on the other hand, listens to “artist-thinkers” close to our current epoch, such as Cézanne, van Gogh and Boccioni. Indeed, the path of this meditation has as its guide the well-known sentence by the painter from Aix-en-Provence, which reads: “Je vous dois la vérité en peinture, et je vous la dirai !”. What will finally appear in this way will not be an abstract or historical notion of art, but its enigma; that is to say, the promise of “another initiation” of art itself.
Volume Editors: Vladimir Biti, Joep Leerssen, and Vivian Liska
Recent developments within and beyond Europe have variously challenged the very idea of Europe, calling it into question and demanding reconsideration of its underlying assumptions. The essays collected here reassess the contemporary position of a perceived “European” identity in the world, overshadowed as it is by the long antecedents and current crisis of triumphalist Eurocentrism. While Eurocentrism itself is still a potent mind-set, it is now increasingly challenged by intra-European crises and by the emergence of autonomously non-European perceptions of Europe. The perspectives assembled here come from the fields of political, cultural and literary history, contemporary history, social and political science and philosophy.

Contributors are: Damir Arsenijević, Luiza Bialasiewicz, Vladimir Biti, Lucia Boldrini, Gerard Delanty, César Domínguez, Nikol Dziub, Rodolphe Gasché, Aage Hansen-Löve, Shigemi Inaga, Joep Leerssen, and Vivian Liska.
Zhu Guangqian’s Life and Philosophy: An Introduction is Mario Sabattini’s last uncompleted work dedicated to the work of Zhu Guangqian, one of the most representative figures of contemporary Chinese aesthetics. Since the '30s, Zhu Guangqian had an active role in China both on the literary and philosophical scenes, and, through his writings, he exerted an important influence in the moulding of numerous generations of intellectuals. Some of his works have been widely read, and they still provoke considerable interest in China, on the mainland as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Differenz und Kohärenz kultureller Ausdrucksformen
Volume Editors: Dietrich Boschung and Ludwig Jäger
>‚Wort‘ und ‚Stein‘ bezeichnen grundsätzlich unterschiedliche Medien des kulturellen Gedächtnisses und der Ausdrucksformen der Künste. Sie stehen in spannungsreichen Beziehungen zueinander; gleichzeitig sind sie vielfach ineinander gearbeitet und aufeinander bezogen.
Mit den Beiträgen dieses Bandes wird das skizzierte mediale Spannungsverhältnis der Sinn-Medien ‚Wort‘ und ‚Stein‘ unter verschiedenen disziplinären und systematischen Perspektiven in den Blick genommen, die von der Ägyptologie und der Archäologie bis zu Literatur-, Sprach- und Zeichentheorie reichen. Auch wenn die Kunst- und Zeichentheorie Hegels die Anregung zur Fragestellung des Bandes bot, so gilt das nicht für seine postulierte Hierarchie der Künste, die den Paragone von Skulptur, Malerei, Dichtung und Musik seit der frühen Neuzeit fortsetzte. Vielmehr untersuchen die Beiträge die Bezugnahme und die Wechselwirkung der unterschiedlichen Ausdrucksformen.
Das Problem der sinnlichen Negativität für Adornos Kunstkonzeption
Author: Wonho Lee
Für Adornos Ästhetik ist der Begriff der ästhetischen Wahrheit zentral. Durch ihn versucht Adorno die beiden repräsentativen modernen Ästhetiken, die Kants und die Hegels, dialektisch zu vermitteln. Kunstwerke sind nach Adorno einerseits (und darin mit Hegel übereinstimmend) Medium der Wahrheit, zugleich jedoch (und darin Kant folgend) nicht zu begreifen, sondern nur ästhetisch zu erfahren. Wonho Lee geht in ihrer detaillierten Studie dieser Doppelkonzeption nach und prüft auf diese Weise, ob Adornos Kunstkonzeption in ihrem systematischen Kern aufgeht. Obgleich das Ergebnis negativ ausfällt, schließt sich die Autorin Adornos Leitgedanken, ästhetische Erfahrung als Kritik zu begreifen, an und schlägt eine modifizierte Konzeption vor.