The Aesthetics of Design by Jane Forsey

The Aesthetics of Design

byJane Forsey

Paperback | February 29, 2016

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The Aesthetics of Design offers the first full treatment of design in the field of philosophical aesthetics. Aesthetic theory has traditionally occupied itself with fine art in all its forms, sometimes with craft, and often with notions of beauty and sublimity in art and nature. In so doing,it has largely ignored the quotidian and familiar objects and experiences that make up our daily lives. Yet how we interact with design involves aesthetic choices and judgements as well as practical, cognitive and moral considerations. This work challenges the discipline to broaden its scope toinclude design, and illustrates how aesthetics helps define our human concerns.Subjecting design to as rigorous a treatment as any other aesthetic object exposes it to three main challenges that form the core of this book. First, design must be distinguished from art and craft as a unique kind of object meriting separate philosophical attention, and is here defined in part byits functional qualities. Second, the experience of design must be defended as having a particularly aesthetic nature. Here Forsey adapts the Kantian notion of dependent beauty to provide a model for our appreciation of design as different from our judgements of art, craft and natural beauty.Finally, design is important for aesthetics and philosophy as a whole in that it is implicated in broader human concerns. Forsey situates her theory of design as a constructive contribution to the recent movement of Everyday Aesthetics, which seeks to re-enfranchise philosophical aesthetics as animportant part of philosophy at large.

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Jane Forsey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg.

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Title:The Aesthetics of DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019060042X

ISBN - 13:9780190600426

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Ontology of Design1. Some Methodological Considerations2. Intuitions about Design3. Design and Art, Design and Crafti. Formalism and Art as an Objectii. Expression and Art as an Activity4. The Definition of DesignII. Locating the Aesthetic: Beauty and Judgements of Taste1. The Problem of Normativityi. Realismii. Subjectivism2. Aesthetic Judgement3. The Kantian Accounti. The Faculty of Judgementii. Subjective Aspects of Beautyiii. Objective Aspects of Beauty4. Normative BeautyIII. Design and Dependent Beauty1. Free Beauty2. Dependent Beautyi. Beautiful Thingsii. Pure and Impure Judgements of Taste3. The Appreciation of Function4. Fine Art and Craft5. The Beauty of DesignIV. Everyday Aesthetics and Design1. The Critique of Aesthetics2. The Expansion of Aestheticsi. Saito: Activity, Pleasure, Indeterminacyii. Haapala: The Strange, the Familiar, and the Sense of Place3. Design and the EverydayConclusion: The Significance of DesignBibliography

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"Forsey's book offers an emphatic argument for enlarging the domain of philosophical aesthetics by recognizing the importance of design." --Cynthia Freeland, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews