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Further Reading

As the term "aesthetics" suggests notions of experience, it relates to a wide range of ideas covered by philosophy. For the purposes of further reading, the selected texts listed here cover the relevant philosophical issues, often making particular reference to art. These texts provide a route through the multi-faceted subject of aesthetics while also being fascinating for their views and interpretations of art. Secondary reading can be supplemented with books in the Icon series introducing philosophers and the history of ideas and philosophy.

Primary texts Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment,

New York, Seabury Press, 1972 Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertoli Brecht, Georg

Lukacs, Aesthetics and Politics: The Key Texts of the Classic Debate Within German Marxism, Verso, 1986 Louis Althusser, Essays on Ideology, Verso, 1984 Thomas Aquinas, The Pocket Aquinas, ed. V. Bourke, Washington

Square Press, 1969 Aristotle, Poetics, Penguin, 1996 Saint Augustine, The Confessions, Everyman Library, 2001 Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida; Reflections on Photography (1980),

Vintage, 1993 Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939,

University of Minnesota Press, 1991 Jean Baudrillard, The Conspiracy of Ari: Manifestos, Interviews,

Essays, Semiotext(e), 2005 Walter Benjamin, Illuminations, FontanaCollins, 1982; One-Way

Street and Other Writings, Verso, 1992 John Berger, Ways of Seeing, BBC and Penguin, 1987 T.J. Clark, Modernism, Postmodernism and Steam, October, 100,

Spring 2002, pp. 154-74 Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, Rebel Press, Aim

Publications, 1987 Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, Athlone Press, 1983;

Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation, Continuum, 2003 Jacques Derrida, The Truth in Painting, University of Chicago Press,

1987 Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human


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