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Perspectives on Contemporary Aeshtetics

Perspectives on Contemporary Aesthetics, Arnold Berleant and Yuriko Saito, Editors (RISD Shortrun Publications, 2016)

ISBN-10: 1944103015 | ISBN-13: 978-1944103019

A 2015 RISD Shortruns Publication, Perspectives on Contemporary Aesthetics is a collection of 17 articles that were published in the first 10 volumes (2003-2012) of Contemporary Aesthetics, a free-access, online and peer-reviewed academic journal. Its content was edited by the journal’s Editor, Arnold Berleant (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Long Island University) and Associate Editor, Yuriko Saito (Professor of Philosophy, RISD). The book was designed by Nancy Skolos (Dean of Architecture and Design, RISD) and Scarlett Xin Meng (graduate student in Graphic Design, RISD). True to its subject matter, the book itself is an object of aesthetic appreciation.

Table of contents


Issues in Contemporary Art Theory

Arthur C. Danto, "Ontology, Criticism, and the Riddle of Art Versus Non-Art in The Transfiguration of the Commonplace" (Vol. 6, 2008)

Aaron Smuts, “Are Video Games Art?”  (Vol. 3, 2005)

Larry Shiner, “Architecture vs. Art: The Aesthetics of Art Museum Design” (Vol. 5, 2007)

Silvia Casini, The Aesthetics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): from the Scientific Laboratory to an Artwork” (Vol. 8, 2010)

Jonathan Owen Clark & Joăo Lima Duque, "Politics and Aesthetics: Partitions and Partitioning in Contemporary Art" (Vol. 12, 2014)

Arts without Borders

Ken-ichi Sasaki, "A Silent Rhetoric:  The Mechanism of Propaganda as Persuasion" (Vol.             6, 2008)

Eva Kit Wah Man, “Influence of Global Aesthetics on Chinese Aesthetics:  The Adaptation of Moxie and the Case of Dafen Cun” (Vol. 11, 2013)

Falguni A. Sheth, "The Hijab and the Sari: The Strange and the Sexy between Colonialism and Global Capitalism" (Aesthetics and Race: New Philosophical Perspectives, Special Volume 2, 2009)

Patrick D. Flores, "Everyday, Elsewhere: Allegory in Philippine Art" (Aesthetics and the Arts in Southeast Asia, Special Volume 3, 2011)

Riva Berleant, "Paleolithic Flints: Is an Aesthetics of Stone Tools Possible?" (Vol. 5, 2007)

Aesthetics without Borders

Katya Mandoki, “The Third Tear in Everyday Aesthetics” (Vol. 8, 2010)

Mădălina Diaconu, “Reflections on an Aesthetics of Touch, Smell and Taste” (Vol. 4, 2006)

Heinz Paetzold, “The Aesthetics of City Strolling” (Vol. 11, 2013)

Nathalie Blanc, “Cockroaches, or Worlds as Images” (Vol. 5, 2007)

Wolfgang Welsch, “Reflecting the Pacific” (Vol. 1, 2003)

Robert Frodeman, “Geoaesthetics: New Orleans, Landscape, and Eros” (Vol.5, 2007)

Emily Brady and Arto Haapala, “Melancholy as an Aesthetic Emotion” (Vol. 1, 2003)

Pauliina Rautio, “Hanging Laundry: The Place of Beauty in Managing Everyday Life” (Vol. 7, 2009)


A list of the contents of Contemporary Aesthetics by volume.