Wolfgang Welsch examines global aestheticization phenomena, probes the relationship of aesthetics and ethics, and considers the broad relevance of aesthetics for contemporary thinking. He argues that modes of thought familiar from the aesthetic realm comprise fundamental paradigms for understanding todayÆs reality. The implications for specific and everyday issues are demonstrated in studies of architecture, advertising, the Internet, and our perception of the life world. Surgically precise, innovative, and, above all, relevant, this book is an essential resource, providing the analysis of contemporary culture with philosophical bite. Aesthetics is to transcend itself, address the whole realm of aethesis, and hence enable orientation in the contemporary condition. Undoing aesthetics means releasing it from old cultural binds and giving it new ties with the future.
NEW SCENARIOS OF THE AESTHETIC
|Phenomena, Distinctions and Prospects|
Basic Aesthetic Features in Contemporary Thinking
|Ethical Implications and Consequences of Aesthetics|
Aesthetics beyond Aesthetics
|For a New Form to the Discipline|
DIAGNOSES AND PROSPECTS
How Modern was Modern Architecture?
Contemporary Art in Public Space
|A Feast for the Eyes or an Annoyance?|
On the Hermeneutic Constitution of Art
Cities of the Future
|Aspects from Architectural Theory and Cultural Philosophy|
On the Way to an Auditive Culture
|Considering the World of Electronic Media - and Other Worlds|
Information Superhighway or Highway One?