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On the Shoulders of Giants

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674240896

Publication Date: 10/22/2019


336 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

North America only

  • Publisher’s Note
  • 1. On the Shoulders of Giants
  • 2. Beauty
  • 3. Ugliness
  • 4. The Absolute and the Relative
  • 5. Beautiful Flame
  • 6. The Invisible
  • 7. Paradoxes and Aphorisms
  • 8. Untruths, Lies, Falsifications
  • 9. On Some Forms of Imperfection in Art
  • 10. Some Revelations on Secrecy
  • 11. Conspiracy
  • 12. Representations of the Sacred
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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