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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions Paperback – September 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Imperfect Publishing (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981484611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981484617
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leonard Koren, who trained as an artist and architect, is a leading design and aesthetics theorist.

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Leonard Koren, who trained as an artist and architect, is a leading design and aesthetics theorist.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Wilcock on February 17, 2011
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This book lacks the focus and depth of Koren's most popular book about Wabi Sabi, but it is nonetheless a playful and engaging exploration of the many ways the term aesthetics comes up in contemporary life. This is a great book to pick up occasionally to flip through and ponder life and art. Anyone looking for a storyline or a linear treatment of the subject matter should look elsewhere.

Koren's book's are a joy to own because they are curious enough that they invite multiple readings and light/simple enough that doing so is more of a pleasure than an arduous task.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vivian on February 27, 2011
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If you want to be handed a definition of "aesthetics" or "aesthetic" you will discover in this book that it is impossible. This question turns out to too deep and complex, with "more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." What Koren brings is not an opinion but a fascinating ride through time and culture and meaning into territory you never would have found on your own. He points out every exotic species of thought and invites you to think and challenge your assumptions. Koren is too wise and thoughtful to use his long expertise in this field to pretend anyone can pronounce with finality on such a layered and subjective field, and I found that stimulating and refreshing. It is a rare author who can keep his ego out of an enquiry about which he obviously knows and cares about so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. Thomas on January 8, 2014
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This lovely little book walks through the thicket of modern aesthetics in a way that is pleasant and doesn't leave you feeling dumb. Yes, you need to read Kant. But start here. This will go easier on you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Moore on January 6, 2013
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If you are confused by the myriad of ways you see the term "aesthetics" used and would like obtain some clarification about what it's all about, then this is the book for you. I found it to be an excellent introduction to the topic and served as an excellent springboard to further readings in this area. As good as the text is (and it is very good), the design and accompanying artwork are equally good. Quite a treasure and worth every penny.
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