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Only a promise of happiness : the place of beauty in a world of art

Author: Alexander Nehamas
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
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"Neither art nor philosophy was kind to beauty during the twentieth century. Much modern art disdains beauty, and many philosophers deeply suspect that beauty merely paints over or distracts us from horrors. Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, "aesthetic pleasure." In Only a Promise of Happiness, Alexander Nehamas reclaims beauty  Read more...
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Nehamas, Alexander, 1946-
Only a promise of happiness.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608369060
Online version:
Nehamas, Alexander, 1946-
Only a promise of happiness.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)631006605
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Nehamas
ISBN: 9780691095219 0691095213 9780691148656 0691148651
OCLC Number: 70251163
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2007.
Description: 186 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Plato or Schopenhauer? --
A feature of appearance? --
Modernist voices --
Modernist appropriations --
Criticism and value --
The role of reviewing --
Beauty, love, friendship --
Beauty, attractiveness, evolution --
Art, beauty, desire --
Beauty, community, universality --
Uniformity, style, distinction --
Aesthetics, directness, individuality --
Love and death in Venice --
Manet's Olympia --
Interpretation, breadth, depth --
Interpretation, beauty, goodness --
Beauty, uncertainty, happiness.
Responsibility: Alexander Nehamas.
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Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, 'aesthetic pleasure'. This book seeks to restore the place of beauty in art, to  Read more...

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