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Berleant's writings in ethics and social philosophy join the stability of underlying fundamental needs with creative flexibility in recognizing the distinctiveness of moral, social, and aesthetic values and the particularity of individual situations. This leads to anti-foundational pluralism and respect for the demands of unique occasions in realizing values, while honoring the common values that all humans share. No domain of values -- ethical, social, religious, or aesthetic -- is ultimate, self-sufficient, or inviolable. All are continuous with each other and are integrated in the living contexts that constitute the human life-world.


      The Social Environment of Human Aesthetics: Critical Themes, Bloomsbury (2023).

    Thematic Anthologies:
    Other Publications:

      • "Ageing: A Dialogue," Arnold Berleant, Michael Alpert & Valery Vino, Espes. The Slovak Journal of Aesthetics, 12 (1): 33-41 (2023). DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8108418

      • "Eugene Hughes and Arnold Berleant, "Aesthetic engagement as a pathway to mental health and wellbeing," in Oxford Handbook of Mental Health and Contemporary Western Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2023).

      • "Duchampian Reflections on Descartes," Festschrift Liber Amicorum for Arnold Berleant. Popular Inquiry, Vol. 10. (2022): 6-10.

      • "The Sublime Troubles of Postmodernism," Cultural Studies Review (PrzeglÄ…d Kulturoznawczy), 4 (50), December2021, 762-770. DOI:

      • "Aesthetics and the Arts of Engagement,"" Roczniki Kulturoznawcze (Annals of Cultural Studies), 2021/1, 19-29.

      • "Reflections on the Aesthetics of Violence," guest editor Emmanouil Aretoulakis, Contemporary Aesthetics Special Volume 7 (2019). DOI:10.17613/aph9-1969

      • "The Subversion of Beauty," Chinese translation by Zhao Yu, South China Academics (Univeristy of Macau, 2018). DOI:10.17613/M64B2X47X

      • "Objects into Persons: The Way to Social Aesthetics,: in Aesthetics Between Art and Society: Perspectives of Arnold Berleant's Postkantian Aesthetics of Engagement, Espes Vol. 6, No. 2 (2017), 9-18. DOI:10.17613/M6MC6S

      •  "Aesthetic Engagement in Video Dance," Engagement: Symposium of Philosophy and Dance, held at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (8-10 September 2016). Unpublished.

      •  "The Co-optation of Sensibility and the Subversion of Beauty," Filozofski vestnik XXXVI/1, (Ljubljana, 2015). Special issue on everyday aesthetics. In Slovenian. Also in Pragmatism Today, Vol. 6 No. 2 (Winter 2015), 38-47.

      •  "Art, Terrorism, and the Neative Sublime," in Arts and Terror, ed. V.L. Marchenkov (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), 99.1-15. Reprinted in Artenol, (Winter 2016), 24-31. Originally published as Chapter 10 in Arnold Berleant, Sensibility and Sense: The Aeshtetic Transformation of the Human World (Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, 25010).

      •  "Die asthetische Umweltpolitik," (German translation of "The Aestheitcs of Politics"), Polylog: Zeschrift fur Internkulturelles Philosophieren, 29 (2013), 17-23.

      • "Beauty and the Way of Modern Life,” Wuhan University, 2005. Re-printed in Aesthetics beyond the Arts (Ashgate, 2012), pp. 205-212.

      •  "Negative Aesthetics in Everyday Life," Aesthetic Pathways, Vol.1, No. 2 (June 2011), 75-91.

      •  "The Aesthetics of Politics," in The Primacy of Aesthetic Experience in Late Modernity (Universitas, 2010).

      •  "The Idea of a Cultural Aesthetic," Koht ja Paik / Place and Location, ed. Virve Sarapik, Kadri Tüür, and Mari Laanemets (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, 2002), pp. 19-26. Also in The Great Book of Aesthetics: Proceedings of the Xvth International Congress of Aesthetics (Tokyo, Japan).

      •  " Ideas for a Social Aesthetic, in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Smith (eds.), (New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2002).

      • "Musical Embodiment," Journal of Cultural Studies, No. 5, spring 2000.

      • "On Getting Along Beautifully: Ideas for a Social Aesthetics," in Aesthetics in the Human Environment, ed. Pauline von Bonsdorff and Arto Haapala (Lahti, Finland: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 1999), pp. 12-29.

      •  "Mothering and Metaphor," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 57/1 (Winter 1999), 363-5.

      •  "The Wilderness City: An Essay in Metaphorical Experience," in The City as Cultural Metaphor: Studies in Urban Aesthetics, edited by Arto Haapala (Lahti, Finland: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 1998), pp. 16-25.

      • "Leaving Relativism," in Relativism and Beyond, ed. Y. Ariel, S. Biderman, and O. Rotem (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 67-87.

      •  "Spoeczne wartociowanie sztuki" ("The Social Evaluation of Art," in Polish. In Problematyka wartociowania w Amerykaskiej filozofii i estetyce xx wieku (The Question of Valuation in American Twentieth Century Philosophy and Aesthetics), edited Andrzeja Ceynowy, Bohdana Dziemidoka, Marka Janiaka (Gdansk: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdaskiego, 1995), pp. 58-67.

      •  "The Critical Aesthetics of Disney World," Journal of Applied Philosophy, 11/2 (1994), 171-180.

      •  "Aesthetics and Community," Journal of Value Inquiry 28, 257-272 (1994), special issue on aesthetics.

      •  "Human Being and Natural World," in Ethics and the Environment, ed. Richard E. Hart (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1992), pp. 25-28.

      • Anthology: The Ethical Factor in Business Decisions (Brookville, N.Y.: C. W. Post Center of Long Island University, l982), editor.

      •  "Multinationals, Local Practice, and the Problem of Ethical Consistency," in Ethics and Management, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Conference on Value Inquiry, (Brockport, N.Y. l98l). Reprinted in the Journal of Business Ethics, l (l982), l85-l93 and in The Ethical Factor in Business Decisions.

      • "Subsidization of Art as Social Policy," Journal of Behavioral Economics, VIII, l (Summer, l979), 23-37. Reprinted in the Journal of Cultural Economics, Dec. l980.

      •  "Artists and Morality: Toward an Ethics of Art," Leonardo, the Journal of the Contemporary Artist, l0 (Summer l977), l95-202.

      • "Ethics and Science: Some Normative Facts and a Conclusion," Journal of Value Inquiry, XI, (l977), Winter l977, 244-258.

      •  "Death in Image, Word and Idea," Ventures in Research, ed. D. Frank, Long Island University, Fall l973, pp. 66-91. Reprinted in Philosophical Aspects of Thanatology, Vol. l, ed. Hetzler & Kutscher, l977.

      •  "The Social Postulate of Theoretical Ethics," Journal of Value Inquiry, IV, l (January l970), l-l6.

      •  "The Experience and Judgment of Values," The Journal of Value Inquiry, I, l (Spring l967), 24-37. Reprinted in Value Theory in Philosophy and Social Science, ed. Laszlo and Wilbur (New York: Gordon & Breach, l973).

      • Values in Business Management – Criteria for Decision Making, editor and author of Introduction, C. W. Post Center, Long Island University, l979, l6 pp.

      • Logic and Social Doctrine: Dewey's Methodological Approach to Social Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1962. Unpublished dissertation.

      •  Philosophies of Man, an Anthology of Readings, ed. with Neal W. Gilbert and Shia Moser, Department of Philosophy, University of Buffalo, l96l (Multilithed for classroom use).