The Insatiability of Human Wants
Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society
The Insatiability of Human Wants begins during a key transitional moment in aesthetic and economic theory, 1871, when both disciplines underwent a turn from production to consumption models. In economics, an emphasis on the theory of value and the social relations between land, labor, and capital gave way to more individualistic models of consumerism. Similarly, in aesthetics, theories of artistic production or creativity soon bowed to models of taste, pleasure, and reception.
Using these developments as a point of departure, Gagnier deftly traces the shift in Western thought from models of production to consumption. From its exploration of early market logic and Kantian thought to its look at the aestheticization of homelessness and our own market boom, The Insatiability of Human Wants invites us to contemplate alternative interpretations of economics, aesthetics, and history itself.
1: On the Insatiability of Human Wants: Economic and Aesthetic "Man"
2: Is Market Society the Fin of History? Market Utopias and Dystopias from Babbage to Schreiner
3: Modernity and Progress toward Individualism in Economics and Aesthetics
4: Production, Reproduction, and Pleasure in Victorian Aesthetics
5: Practical Aesthetics: Rolfe, Wilde, and New Women at the Fin de Siècle
6: Practical Aesthetics II: On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in the 1980s
7: Practical Aesthetics III: Homelessness as an "Aesthetic Issue"
Appendix: Taste, or Sex and Class as Culture