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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Process and Aesthetics

An Outline of Whiteheadian Aesthetics and Beyond

New edition

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Process and Aesthetics

An Outline of Whiteheadian Aesthetics and Beyond

New edition

A groundbreaking analysis of Alfred North Whitehead’s thinking on aesthetics.
 
Though philosopher Alfred North Whitehead did not dedicate any books or articles specifically to aesthetics, aesthetic motifs nonetheless permeate his entire body of work. Despite this, aestheticians have devoted little attention to Whitehead. In this book, four scholars of aesthetics provide another angle from which Whiteheadian aesthetics might be reconstructed. Paying special attention to the notion of aesthetic experience, the authors analyze abstraction versus concreteness, immediacy versus mediation, and aesthetic contextualism versus aesthetic isolationism. The concepts of creativity and rhythm are crucial to their interpretation of Whiteheadian aesthetics. Using these concepts, the book interprets the motif of the processes by which experience is harmonized, the sensation of the quality of the whole, and directedness towards novelty.
 

172 pages | 5 3/4 x 8

Philosophy: Aesthetics


Table of Contents

Preface 7
I. Whitehead’s Aesthetic Philosophy and Implicit Aesthetics 10
II. Whitehead and Dewey on the Aesthetic Experience and Art:
Parallels and Differences 33
III. Whitehead and Bergson:
Immediacy, Harmony, Rhythm, and Innovation 92
IV. Aesthetic Experience Reconsidered from a Process Perspective 136
Bibliography 168

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