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Wonder, the Rainbow, and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences

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$39.50 • £31.95 • €35.50

ISBN 9780674955622

Publication Date: 09/30/2003


208 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

16 color, 1 halftone, 16 line illustrations


Related Subjects

  • 1. The Aesthetics of Rare Experiences
    • Wonder and the Sublime
    • Philosophy Begins in Wonder
    • Visual Experience: Wonder and the Ordinary
    • The Instant of Wonder and the Instant of Thought
  • 2. The Rainbow and Cartesian Wonder
    • The Aesthetics of the Rainbow
    • Noah’s Rainbow and Religious Intelligibility
    • From Wonder to Thought
    • Descartes and the Scientific Passion of Wonder
    • Descartes’s Definition of Wonder
    • Pascal’s Alternative: Imagination, Terror, Abyss
    • Wonder Fades with Age
  • 3. Wonder and the Steps of Thought
    • The Template of Wonder: To Be Human Is to Learn
    • One and Only One Step
    • Plato’s Meno and Learning by Wonder
    • Socratic Silence
    • Explanation and Demystification
  • 4. Explanation and the Aesthetics of the Rainbow
    • Fear of Explanation and Explanation by Fear
    • The Dull Catalogue of Common Things: Genus, or Explanation by Kind
    • Singularity and the Everyday
    • Rainbow and Raindrop: Explanation by Substitution
    • Aristotle’s Geometry of the Experience of Rainbows: Explanation by Structure
    • From Wonder to Explanation
  • 5. Transition to Aesthetic Wonder
    • Seeing What Cannot Be Seen
    • The Visual, the Visible, and the Intelligible
    • Ruling Out Memory
  • 6. Intelligibility, Wonder, and Recognition
    • Rainbow, Explanation, Error
    • Recognition: Can Only Memory Guide Intelligibility?
    • The Newness Effect in Modern Art
  • 7. Thinking through the Work of Art
    • Cy Twombly’s “Blackboard Painting”
    • Blackboards and Temporary Writing
    • Master Metaphors and Bright Ideas
    • The Work of Art as a Field of Details
    • The Return of Recognition and Memory
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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