Everyday Aesthetics

Paperback | February 15, 2010

byYuriko Saito

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Everyday aesthetic experiences and concerns occupy a large part of our aesthetic life. However, because of their prevalence and mundane nature, we tend not to pay much attention to them, let alone examine their significance. Western aesthetic theories of the past few centuries also neglecteveryday aesthetics because of their almost exclusive emphasis on art. In a ground-breaking new study, Yuriko Saito provides a detailed investigation into our everyday aesthetic experiences, and reveals how our everyday aesthetic tastes and judgments can exert a powerful influence on the state ofthe world and our quality of life. By analysing a wide range of examples from our aesthetic interactions with nature, the environment, everyday objects, and Japanese culture, Saito illustrates the complex nature of seemingly simple and innocuous aesthetic responses. She discusses the inadequacy of art-centered aesthetics, theaesthetic appreciation of the distinctive characters of objects or phenomena, responses to various manifestations of transience, and the aesthetic expression of moral values; and she examines the moral, political, existential, and environmental implications of these and other issues.

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Everyday aesthetic experiences and concerns occupy a large part of our aesthetic life. However, because of their prevalence and mundane nature, we tend not to pay much attention to them, let alone examine their significance. Western aesthetic theories of the past few centuries also neglecteveryday aesthetics because of their almost exc...

Yuriko Saito is Professor of Philosophy at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575673

ISBN - 13:9780199575671

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Neglect of Everyday Aesthetics2. The Significance of Everyday Aesthetics3. Aesthetics of Distinctive Characteristics and Ambience4. Everyday Aesthetic Qualities and Transience5. Moral-Aesthetic Judgments of ArtifactsConclusionBibliography

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"The young but growing field of everyday aesthetics is blessed with the recent publication of Yuriko Saito's book by the same name.... Everyday Aesthetics is a well-argued and ground-breaking piece of philosophy which has much to say about issues in contemporary philosophy of art and designtheory while also helping to form a new sub-discipline within aesthetics. It also has the advantage of being immensely readable." --Tom Leddy, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews