Beauty released

The new BPC volume made my day. As the series editor I would like to congratulate Íngrid and Wolfgang and wish the book an influential function in the related discussions.

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Series: Philosophia_Basic Philosophical Concepts 

Wolfgang Huemer and Íngrid Vendrell Ferran (Editors)

Beauty

New Essays in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

Munich 2019. 434 pp. Index, Abstracts, Contributors 

ISBN Paperback: 978-3-88405-124-5

ISBN eɃook 978-3-88405-737-7

Each  98.00    

The notion of beauty has been and continues to be one of the main concerns of aesthetics and art theory. Traditionally, the centrality of beauty in the experience of art was widely accepted and beauty was considered one of the key values in aesthetics. In recent debate, however, the significance of the notion of beauty has been discussed controversially. Especially in the second half of the twentieth century, the role of beauty was strongly challenged both by artists and in philosophy and theory of art. Beauty was no longer a central value, but just one aesthetic feature among many others. In recent years, however, the notion of beauty has been re-evaluated, some even speak of a “comeback of beauty”. Against this background it is one of the main tasks and challenges of contemporary aesthetics to develop a more profound understanding of the nature of beauty, its different forms and dimensions, and its place in art theory and practice – and in human life.

In the contributions to this volume, leading scholars in the field explore the significance of the notion of beauty, its key aspects, and its relevance in various aesthetic disciplines. The questions addressed in the volume can be summarized in the following three headings: What is beauty? What is beautiful? How does the value of beauty relate to other aesthetical values?

Table of Contents

“Introduction”: Wolfgang Huemer and Íngrid Vendrell Ferran, pp. 7 ff.

“Beauty and Aesthetic Properties”: Taking Inspiration from Kant Sonia Sedivy, pp. 25 ff.

“Beauty and Rules: Kant and Wittgenstein on the Cognitive Relevance of Aesthetics”: Hanne Appelqvist, pp. 43 ff.

“Challenging the Notion of Intelligible Beauty”: Elisabeth Schellekens, pp. 71 ff.

“Non-Sensory Beauty and Meaning Qualia”: Maria Elisabeth Reicher, pp. 91 ff.

“Beauty and the Agential Dimension of the Judgment of Taste”: María José Alcaraz León, pp. 123 ff.

“Beauty and Bell’s Aesthetic Emotion”: Catrin Misselhorn, pp. 145 ff.

“Art, Beauty, and Criticism”: Noël Carroll, pp. 171 ff.

“The Value of Art: On Meaning and Aesthetic Experience in Difficult Modern Art”: Richard Eldridge, pp. 185 ff.

“The Beauty of Doing: Remarks on the Appreciation of Conceptual Art”: Davide Dal Sasso, pp. 209 ff.

“The Case Against Beauty”: Otto Neumaier, pp. 243 ff.

“An Aesthetics of Insight”: John Gibson, pp. 277 ff.

“Aesthetic Experience and the Experience of Poetry”: Peter Lamarque, pp. 307 ff.

“The Beauty of Landscape”: Allen Carlson, pp. 331 ff.

“The Virtue Analysis of Inner Beauty: Inner Beauty as Moral, Eudaimonistic, 

or Relational Virtueness”: Lisa Katharin Schmalzried, pp. 353 ff.

“Cosmetics and Makeup”: Stephen Davies, pp. 393 ff.

The Contributors to this Volume, pp. 413 ff.

Abstracts, pp. 419 ff.

Index, pp. 427 ff.

Gott und Welti

New release, at the same time a new series – forthcoming titles also in English – on philosophy of religion and analytic theology at Philosophia Munich. Some pages from this book’s English abstract appear among the pictures below.

Die neue Reihe des Philosophia-Verlags: Philosophia theologica wird mit diesem Buch eingeweiht. Ich bin – es sei mir bei der Gelegenheit ein Helvetismus gegönnt – eine Art Götti desselben. Welti ist der Autor. Und Gott (und die Welt) das Thema.

Avicenna Anglicus

Just released: The أل مدخل, Avicenna’s commentary to Porphyry, translated into English by Allan Bäck (Kutztown University).

My part was much less than my mirrored face on a black, smooth cover can make you believe.

Mein Verleger über mich und andere Familienmitglieder

Well, I’m afraid, that has to remain in German: my publisher’s interview with the Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels on the house, the concept, the plan…

…and the clan:

Uli Mai 2017

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…Kultur und Selbstreferenz, oder aber über Philosophie in der Schule, oder aber über Molinismus, oder aber über Panentheismus reden, ist Hans Burkhardts Oberseminar immer noch am Leben, immer noch nahe Ober- und Unterammergau.

Dr. Ralph Cahn, Dr. Benjamin Andrae, Prof. Dr. Christoph Jäger, Dr. Ruben Schneider hielten die entsprechenden Vorträge respektive, Pater Raphael, unser Gastgeber in der Benediktinerabtei, hat uns vor Augen geführt, wofür all das, wenn überhaupt, gut ist; Ulrich Staudinger, der Philosophia-Verleger, hat Skeptizismus verbreitet; PD Dr. Dr. Christina Schneider und meine Wenigkeit haben organisiert.


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It was a great honour to listen to what Christoph Jäger had to say on John Martin Fischer’s thoughts on Molinism. It felt like family to listen to what Ralph Cahn has to say on self-referential pop-culture. Benjamin Andrae spread optimism with his thoughts on philosophy as a subject in high school. Ruben Schneider dissolved panentheism. Father Raphael, our Benedictine host at the Ettal Abbey in the Bavarian Alps, commented in a dedicated and unconventional manner. Ulrich Staudinger, the publisher and owner of Philosophia Verlag, took a critical stance. Christina Schneider and myself organised things.

Hans Burkhardt’s seminar is still there.

1966

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Die Beatles brachten Revolver heraus und zwei Entitäten, mit denen ich mich identifiziere, erblickten das Licht der Welt. Die eine bin ich. Die andere ist diese:

http://www.buchmarkt.de/content/65517-philosophia-verlag-50-.htm

It was in 1966 when the Beatles released the album Revolver and when I was born. And when the publishing house Philosophia, was founded.

I spent a lot of time in my life enjoying orchestral parts of pop compositions, all the time of my life with myself, and I published on time at Philosophia; among other things I’ve done with them, much more forthcoming…

It was about time

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Dem von mir herausgegebenen Band Time and Tense, der seit dem 15. Mai im Handel erhältlich ist, ist eine lange Vorbereitungszeit vorausgegangen. Es war höchste Zeit, dass er herauskommt. Meine Leser werden natürlich keine Rezension hier erwarten – vom Herausgeber selber, Gott behüte! Ich verrate hier nur meine persönliche Perspektive und eine Liste der Einzelbeiträge.

Hans Burkhardt wollte mich einen Band herausgeben lassen, der einen eher klassischen Schwerpunkt der Philosophie der Zeit haben würde. Bas van Fraassen hatte sich 1970 in seinem mittlerweile legendären Buch An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space den klassischen Fragen der Zeitphilosophie gestellt. Das wollte ich auch – das machte ich ja bereits in meiner Habilitationsschrift. Ich nahm mir ein modernisiertes, vierhundert Seiten langes Remake des Formats von van Fraassens Buch vor, wenigstens zur Hälfte, d.h. minus die Philosophie des Raumes, und bat Bas darum, die Einleitung zu schreiben und unsere Texte zu kommentieren. Das hat er ausgiebig getan und ich bin ihm unendlich dankbar dafür. Man könnte sagen, dass die Zeitreisenproblematik und die Zeitmereologie im Band zu kurz kommen, aber die Zeitreise gehört nicht zum klassischen Rahmen der Zeitphilosophie und zur Zeitmereologie wird mehr als genug, auch aus meiner Feder, im Handbook of Mereology stehen, das ich beim selben Verlag mitherausgebe. In der Managementsprache heißt es “Kannibalismus”, wenn der Verkauf eines eigenen Produkts den Verkauf eines anderen eigenen Produkts beeinträchtigt. Dass es zu so etwas nicht kommt, darauf achte ich. Ein Fabrikantensohn bleibt Fabrikantensohn auch am Ende seines siebten Jahrsiebts. Abgesehen davon halte ich das “Salamipublizieren” für den typischen Ausdruck einer kleinbürgerlichen Einstellung in der Wissenschaft und verachte es entsprechend.

Zwischen dem vorderen Deckblatt und den Abstracts, den Kurzbios der Autoren und einem Index stehen folgende

Einzelbeiträge:

  • Bas C. van Fraassen, Introduction
  • Miloš Arsenijević, Avoiding Logical Determinism and Retaining the Principle of Bivalence within Temporal Modal Logic: Time as a Line-in-Drawing
  • Allan Bäck, The Reality of the Statement and the Now in Aristotle
  • Hans Burkhardt, Aristotle on Memory and Remembering and McTaggart’s A-Time and B-Time Series
  • Stamatios Gerogiorgakis, Late Ancient Paradoxes concerning Tense Revisited
  • Sonja Schierbaum, Ockham on Tense and Truth
  • Hylarie Kochiras, Newton’s Absolute Time
  • Christina Schneider, Monads, Perceptions, Phenomena – Leibniz on Space-Time
  • Oliver Thorndike, Kant’s Philosophy of Time in the Transcendental Aesthetic
  • William Lane Craig, Bergson Was Right about Relativity (well, partly)!
  • Brigitte Falkenburg & Gregor Schiemann, Too Many Conceptions of Time? McTaggart’s Views Revisited
  • Nikos Psarros, The Ontology of Time – A Phenomenological Approach

This is a list of the contributions for the volume Time and Tense, edited by myself and available since May 15th. For years I’ve been preparing it and it was about time for it to be released and it’s about time – period! Of course I’ll not discuss the volume here since I am – for God’s sake – the editor. I’ll just give you a personal note.

Hans Burkhardt said back in 2010 or something that the volume should have a classical setting. I liked this and, as a matter of fact. my habilitation thesis is a discussion of the classical problems of the philosophy and logic of time as conceived by the medievals. In 1970, Bas van Fraassen had addressed the classical problems of the philosophy of time in his legendary Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space and so I thought that it would be a good idea to have scholars collectively remake van Fraassen’s attempt, at least the half of it, i.e. minus the philosophy of space, and to ask Bas to comment on our texts, a wish he abundantly fulfilled. God bless him for this, I’m really grateful to him. Time travel and the mereology of time are not very widely discussed in the book, that’s true; but: time travel is not a classical problem and the mereology of time is discussed – also in texts written by me – in the Handbook of Mereology I’m co-editing for the same publishing house. In the language of management it’s called “cannibalism” when you launch a product that sells well but diminishes the demand of another product of you. A son of a factory owner, I had to remain faithful to the values of my family at the eve of my seventh septennial, when I delivered the manuscript. OK, there are many folks out there who make salami publications because they realise that academic publishing is different than other business. I consider salami publications to be petty-bourgeois. Not my cup of tea…