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On Japanese Minimalism

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On Japanese Minimalism Paul Haimes   Abstract Shibumi, a Japanese term referring to a subtle elegance, but at times suggestive of austerity or even bitterness, captures a certain sense of restraint that is reflected in much traditional Japanese design. Although concepts derived from Japanese Zen Buddhism, such as ma, wabi-sabi, and iki, may be more commonly known […]

The Hospitality of the Abyssal Ground or Perceptual Architectures of Indeterminacy

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The Hospitality of the Abyssal Ground or Perceptual Architectures of Indeterminacy   Natasha Lushetich   Abstract There never has been such a thing as solid ground. As profoundly transient beings, all we can hope for is the hospitality of the abyssal ground.[1] Perhaps that is why our everyday aesthetic appreciation of our natural environment is […]

A Philosophical Account of Listening Musically

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A Philosophical Account of Listening Musically Paskalina Bourbon   Abstract What is the distinctive character of musical experiences? An answer: musical experience is distinctive because it is of music. I argue, however, that the difference between musical and nonmusical experience cannot be explained with an ontological account of music per se. Instead, we have musical […]

The Aesthetics of Social Situations: Encounters and Sensibilities of the Everyday Life in Japan

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The Aesthetics of Social Situations: Encounters and Sensibilities of the Everyday Life in Japan Garcia Chambers   Abstract What beauty could there be in mundane, interactive encounters in and observations of the everydayness of life in Japan? The answer rightly may be none whatsoever based on the Kantian, distancing, art-centered theory and practice of aesthetics. […]

Aesthetic Disappointment

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Aesthetic Disappointment Russell L. Quacchia   Abstract A survey of the literature in philosophical aesthetics reveals no extended studies on aesthetic disappointment. If anything, the topic has no more than a tacit or implicit presence to that of aesthetic satisfaction. Yet we do suffer aesthetic dissatisfactions in the form of disappointment. In this essay I […]

Aesthetic Appreciation of Silence

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Aesthetic Appreciation of Silence Erik Anderson   Abstract We enjoy sounds. What about silence: the absence of sound? Certainly not all, but surely many of us seek out, attend to, and appreciate silence. But, if nothing is there, then there is nothing to possess aesthetic qualities that might engage aesthetic interest or reward aesthetic attention. […]

Art Addressing the Anthropocene

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Art Addressing the Athropocene Wolfgang Welsch   Abstract The current diagnosis that the era we are living in ought to be conceived as anthropocene has two implications: 1. Human activity is changing the superficial as well as the deep structure of our planet to a formerly unknown degree; and 2. The foreseeable catastrophic consequences of […]