AE: Canadian Aesthetics Journal is a full-text ejournal, published in French and English. This free journal aims to publish interdisciplinary articles in aesthetic philosophies, and invites contributions in "approaches to analyzing aesthetic concepts and experiences, in the light of the history and the evolution of art, include reception aesthetics, poietics, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and analytical philosophy of art". English predominates among the articles. Articles are available from 1996 to 2008, and are published as HTML pages. Some issues are themed, and at June 2009 the latest issue is a special on William Morris. The journal also has book reviews. The website has full details of the Editors, Editorial Board, and Advisory Board. There are instructions on how to submit an article.
The Aesthetic Realism Foundation website is the site of a not-for-profit educational foundation that embraces the philosophical idea of Aesthetic Realism, a philosophy founded by American poet and philosopher Eli Siegel in 1941. The website provides a rich source of information about the philosophy, as well essays and lectures by Siegel and others on: the art of poetry; Aesthetic Realism and education; and art theory, amongst other subjects. The website includes a link to The Right of Aesthetic Realism to be Known (TRO), which is the bi-weekly periodical of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, published since 1973. Recent issues and sample articles of TRO can be accessed online, and subscription details are also provided. Related links are also given.
This website forms part of the online teaching and learning resources of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. It is primarily intended for arts and museum teachers, and provides a brief but clear introduction to the basic purpose and practical matters surrounding the teaching of aesthetics. A number of short sections address such issues as: what are aesthetics; why teach aesthetics; higher level thinking through aesthetics; and aesthetic guidelines and strategies for the classroom. While the text itself is brief and basic, it is supplemented by some useful PDF files with activities and discussion questions for students, and a guide to writing about aesthetic issues. Clearly laid out and easily navigable, this would be a useful resource for the instructor new to aesthetics and/or teaching students whose background may be in applied arts.
This is the official website of the American Society of Aesthetics (ASA). The resource contains articles on aesthetics, and art theory and criticism, as well as book reviews, conference announcements, calls for papers, and links to other aesthetics resources, such as the Aesthetics-L email discussion list. The site, which is primarily targeted at graduate students and researchers, also contains a set of bibliographies on particular topics and philosophers, teaching resources, and reports on the annual ASA conference since 1995. There is also practical information on aesthetics in the academy, and downloadable guides, in PDF, for graduates wishing to pursue the subject. Information on how to subscribe to the ASA is also included. This web resource is attractively designed and easily navigable, and includes a search facility that allows one to search throughout the site.
This is the website of mailing and discussion list Aesthetics-L, set up for the exchange of ideas and information about aesthetics and philosophy of art. Previously known as the Aesthetics Email List, run from the Indiana University Web server, it is now run by Dominic Lopes at the American Society for Aesthetics. It is possible to join from this site, and there is a searchable archive going back to October 1995.
'African art: aesthetics and meaning' is an online version of an exhibition held at the Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia, USA from January 25 to August 15, 1993. The selection of objects and the writing of commentary were undertaken by Benjamin C. Ray, from the University's Department of Religious Studies. The exhibition focused on the aesthetic aspects of selected African artefacts and the moral and religious ideas that they express. The types of objects selected include masks, headdresses, statuettes and pulleys. Each image of an object is accompanied by a paragraph of commentary and a link to a significantly larger image (around 150K). Fourteen objects are described. The site also includes a short bibliography.
The AHRC Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies is a collaboration between the universities of Manchester and Essex and the Tate Galleries. Surrealism occupies a unique position in the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century. It marked a crisis in post-Enlightenment thought, permeated every sphere of creative life and has been at the heart of debates about modernism and postmodernism. The centre will build on existing scholarship on surrealism and pursue vital new areas of research such as the relationship with science. Drawing together a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, the Centre will explore surrealism's many legacies in art and cultural theory and, in collaboration with the Tate, will disseminate research to scholars, students, artists and the wider public.The website provides information on research currently being carried out at the centre on surrealism and dada, events organised by the centre, and the academics involved with the project. The initial foci of research will be lineages and legacies, intersections, surrealism and science, exhibitions and display, and translation and cultural hybridity. The centre received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
Aristos describes itself as "an online review of the arts and the philosophy of arts". Founded in 1982 as a print publication, this text-based resource aims to advocate objective standards in arts scholarship and criticism, and credits the philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand (1905-1982) as providing much of its inspiration. The resource is jointly edited by Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi. The site allows access to articles from its archives and the latest issue. Excerpts from Torres and Kamhi's jointly-authored book 'What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand' are also available on the website, in addition to an annotated set of links, covering artists, organisations, journals, and museums and collections.
This online essay offers a comparison between the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and the Greek philosopher Plato (427BC-347 BC), based on their attitudes to the morality and psychological effects of art. Plato's doctrine of Eros is explored alongside Tolstoy's 'What is Art?'. The essay is an 'elaborate extension' of a thesis originally written in Dutch and submitted to acquire doctoral research status. The English translation appears to be acceptable on the whole, although the general presentation is rather ungainly, with frames obscuring some of the links. Access is also provided to other websites and a classic picture gallery, but most of the links were not in operation at the time this record was reviewed.
The Ayn Rand Society (ARS) is "a professional society affiliated with the American Philosophical Association. ... Its aim is to foster the scholarly study by philosophers of the philosophical thought and writings of Ayn Rand." The ARS webpage has details of the ARS Steering Committee, past and current programmes, and details of obtaining membership - the ARS is only open to members of the American Philosophical Association. The ARS website has a reliable full-text essay, titled 'Ayn Rand and Objectivism: an overview', and a short selected biblilography of works by Ayn Rand. The ARS was established in 1987, and it will be a useful contact point for British scholars seeking to contact those working in U.S. universities on aspects of Rand's philosophy, her novels, and her ideas on art.
This homepage of the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) aims to serve as a medium for the society to provide its members with up-to-date news and information in the world of aesthetics. The resource contains information about the society itself, including details of membership, the grants and prizes it provides, its journal 'The British Journal of Aesthetics' (with online full-text articles available to members), and conference reports from around the world. There are also details of forthcoming events. Visitors can access the society's newletters and the contents of its Postgradute Journal of Aesthetics (PJA) without charge. The site is well laid-out and simple to navigate, with hyperlinked access between the different sections, and would be of use not only to members, but also those wishing to keep abreast of news in this area of philosophy.
This is the home page of the Canadian Aesthetics Journal (ISSN: 1496-3140), an electronic publication of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics. It allows free access to all contents published since the first volume was issued in 1996. The papers are published in either French or English, and each issue contains approximately eight articles. These are on a wide range of topics in aesthetics, the philosophy of art, and art criticism. The site is well-designed and all materials are presented in a clear and readable format. It will be of most relevance to professional philosophers, aestheticians and graduate students.
Consciousness, Literature and the Arts is a peer-reviewed, online journal that focuses on the relationship between art and literature, and the nature of consciousness as explored in contemporary philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science and physics. Published three to four times a year, it contains articles, essays, creative writing and book reviews. It aims to publish original material, using the Internet as a creative medium, as well as scholarly work. Articles have been published dealing with Surrealism, Samuel Beckett, and Humour and the Sublime. The website has a straightforward design, and contains links to relevant websites as well as an archive of past issues. It is hosted by the University of Lincoln and welcomes submissions from all fields of creative practice and publishes both scholarly and artistic work, encouraging full employment of the Internet's creative potential. It also details live events and is regularly updated.
Cultura is a Romanian-based international journal devoted to philosophy of culture and axiology (the study of value). It aims to promote the exploration of both ethical and aesthetic values in regional and international contexts. The journal publishes articles in several European languages, though in practice the majority of works are in English. Author guidelines are provided. Recent article titles include: 'Mass Media and European Cultural Citizenship'; 'The Concept of Ruin and the Ruin of Concepts'; and 'Axiological Reflections about Don Quijote'. Cultura has appeared twice yearly since 2005.
Cyberspace, Hypertext and Critical Theory web is an online collection of interlinked materials across many academic disciplines, which consider the implications of digital technology. The range of these implications is thought-provoking and covers: physical; psychological; philosophical; and moral consequences. Cyberspace deals primarily with the virtual interactions made possible by networked computer systems, while critical theory analyses how these interactions effect: communication; discourse; and the development of ideas. The introductory tour helps to explain these concepts to the newcomer and is a valuable part of the site. Once it is understood that cyberspace acts as a medium, while critical theory evaluates its role, other areas of this site become accessible. The site may be explored via anchors under headings including: Cyberspace; Hypertext; Critical Theory; Infotech; Politics; Economics; Visual Art and Cyborgs. As well as discussion of the technical aspects of cyberspace, balanced against its role as a Utopian/Dystopian resource, there are also a large number of articles considering the use of these concepts by fiction writers and artists. These are discussed under: Body and Self; Anime; and Cyberpunk Scifi. At first glance, this site is highly complex and perhaps intimidating to those unfamiliar with the broad spectrum of its concepts; the resource provides the user with a introduction to the website and a tour as well as with a search facility (unfortunately at the time of writing - June 2009 - the link is not working). However, its helpful navigation tools and clear presentation are user friendly and make it an excellent introduction for the beginner, as well as a useful resource for the more advanced researcher.
Dogma is an electronic journal that publishes articles and reviews in the areas of philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, political theory, aesthetics, and sociology. Most of the articles appear here in French, but there is also some material in English and German. All articles are fully downloadable and freely available. In addition to the papers, there is a broad selection of reviews of recent publications in the aforementioned fields. There is also an extensive bibliography of a selection of contemporary authors, as well as a sophisticated search facility. In sum, this is a very well-designed, user-friendly Web resource that offers a substantial range of high quality material.
This ejournal (ISSN 1526-0569), published biannually, devotes each issue to a specific topic (recent topics include Business Ethics; The Philosophy of Language; and Civil Disobedience). Essays in Philosophy claims to follow 'no specific school of thought, mode of philosophizing, or style of writing', and although recent issues generally follow the Anglo-American tradition, there are essays in the Continental tradition covering such thinkers as Hegel, Husserl and Derrida. Published by Pacific University, the journal announces topics for upcoming issues one year in advance. The site also contains a large number of book reviews.
This is the website for the online journal 'Film Philosophy' (ISSN 1466-4615) and its JISCmail discussion list, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of which promote "a philosophical view of cinema and film studies" and combine "original review-articles with immediate email response and argument". A substantial resource for both students and researchers interested in Film Studies, philosophical aesthetics and world cinema, 'Film Philosophy' offers scholarly articles, a discussion forum and a gateway to the best of the Web for Film and Cultural Studies in general. The scope of the site is vast. Topics for discussion within the site's journal and email list have included the work of individual filmmakers and critics such as: Jean Baudrillard; Jacques Derrida; Laura Mulvey; Slavoj Zizek; Gilles Deleuze; David Lynch; Lars von Trier; Wim Wenders; Ken Loach; as well as broader consideration of French cinema; German cinema; postmodern cinema; horror; the avant-garde; documentary, and so on. Post-modernist and post-structuralist thinking and references abound, but there are also nods to Plato (428-347 BCE), Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), Marxism, and psychoanalysis, to name but a few. The site consists of three main sections: a journal with film and book reviews, and articles; a 'salon' or email list (which also includes the journal texts and responses to them); and a portal containing news of events and publications, and extensive links to other philosophy and cinema-related sites. The complete archive contents of the journal and the salon are freely and openly available. Instructions for joining the discussion list or receiving the digest version, and for contributing book reviews and articles, are given. This site would be of interest to students and researchers in aesthetics, cultural studies, or film theory, or to the philosophically-minded film-buff in search of an intellectual perspective on the medium.
frAme is an international online journal devoted primarily to Web/computer art, theory and writing. Access to past issues is fully and freely available. The journal is an important part of Nottingham Trent University's commitment to contemporary art and poetics - a commitment directed by the University's trAce online writing centre. The journal features work by young artists and writers from Britain, America and Australia, providing them a with space in which to publish finished pieces, works in progress, biographical information, and works on aesthetics. There are also critical writings and more sustained scholarly meditations on the theory and practice of art. The site requires a fast computer and a number of plug-ins.
This site is primarily concerned with the promotion of the activities of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, which organises an annual conference on the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and publishes the Journal of Nietzsche Studies biannually. Full-text articles from the journal are available online by subscription only, but the site provides information regarding contents of back issues and contact details for contributions.
The site also features information regarding previous and forthcoming Nietzsche conferences as well as links to other related philosophy resources. In addition, there is information for individuals interested in subscribing to the society and also a downloadable membership form. The Friedrich Nietzsche Society is intended for anyone with an interest in the life and work of Nietzsche, but it will be of most relevance to graduates and professional philosophers with a specialist interest in him. The site is easily navigable and informative.
Humanitas is a print journal that makes a considerable amount of its content freely and openly available online. It offers articles and reviews for those interested in theoretical aspects of sociology (construed as a humanities discipline) and other social sciences, political and cultural criticism, and aesthetics. Scholarly articles sit alongside film reviews and poetry. The tendency, in tone and content, is towards conservative humanism, although liberalism and postmodernism also make frequent appearances in discussions. The current issue, and full tables of contents plus partial access to archives dating back to volume six which was published in 1992, are available. Information about the editors, subscriptions to the print journal, and instructions for submission to the journal, can all be found via the home page. Humanitas is published by the National Humanities Institute. Links to the Institute's site as well as to a number of other sites of relevance to humanities research are given at the bottom of the Humanitas home page.
This is the home page of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL), an organisation established in the mid-1970s to bring together scholars from around the world who are interested in the intersection between philosophy and literature. This site informs visitors of works published by the Association, and of previous and forthcoming conferences organised by them. The site includes a directory of graduate programmes in the relevant fields. Also provided are: a photo gallery and membership information. The association is directed by Hugh Silverman, a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University.
This site provides information about the activities of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), an association dedicated to the scientific study of and research in aesthetics. In particular, the site contains details regarding past and future conferences and congresses organised by the association. Proceedings from a small number of past conferences are also available. The site also contains a links page on which a selection of aesthetics website addresses are listed. Other features include: a downloadable membership application form and a page of scholarly contributions comprising of conference proceedings and abstracts of articles from Empirical Studies of the Arts, the official journal of the Association. This resource will be of benefit to anyone with an interest in the study of empirical or scientific issues in aesthetics, art, literature, and music.
This is the website of the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA), based in Finland. The purpose of the Institute is to promote research, education and publishing in the field of applied aesthetics. The Institute organises research and educational projects, seminars, Internet projects, exhibitions, and other events. The site lists the Institute's publications and carries the full text of their IO Internet Magazine. An events section gives conference and seminar information for those working in the field of applied aesthetics. The site is available in Finnish and English.
The International Journal of Žižek Studies is a new electronic publication devoted to the exploration of the work and influence of cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek (1949- ). Issues are fully and freely available online, with articles presented for the most part in PDF format. Although the journal currently publishes in English only, translations into a variety of non-European languages are planned. Information on the journal's editorial board, along with instructions to contributors, and details of future issues, can all be found on the site. The Information page contains links to other relevant websites of interest, and a select few links can also be found on the Contents page. Although in the early stages, this resource will prove of interest to advanced students and researchers of Žižek in particular, and contemporary cultural theory and criticism in general.
This is the site of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. The Journal was established by the American Society for Aesthetics, and is based at the Philosophy Department at Temple University. It publishes current research articles, symposia and book issues. Both "art" and "aesthetics" (including the philosophy) are understood broadly; "art", in particular, is taken to include "photography, film, earthworks, performance and conceptual art" as well as traditional forms. The site lists the contents of the current issue, as well as an archive of previous issues going back to 1942. The site is subscription-based and contains an extensive collection of links.
Militant Esthetix is the website of Esther Leslie (lecturer in English at Birkbeck College) and Ben Watson (music critic and poet Out to Lunch). The site contains writing and artwork by Leslie and Watson. The essays are divided into sections that focus on, for example, Frank Zappa (1940-1993), Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), the Situationist International movement, and contemporary art writing. Militant Esthetix is motivated by a commitment to the marriage of aesthetics and radical politics, and so features polemical writing and art on issues such as money and the 'war on terrorism'. There is also a section on the music and poetry evenings organised at the Royal College of Art called Esemplastic.
Nietzsche Circle is an organisation dedicated to the exploration and promotion of aesthetic theory and practice inspired by or pertaining to the work of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). The activities and resources of the Circle are wide and varied, and clearly presented on this, its official website. Information on the organisation, membership, and events, as well as links to further sites of interest, can be found in the Circle section of the site. The Home section of the site provides formal essays, less formal "interviews" or discussions of Nietzschean aesthetics, a blog site, and news on Nietzsche Circle events and related matters. The Circle has also recently launched an electronic journal, Hyperion, current and past issues of which are fully available online. A further section, entitled Nietzsche's Work, supplies a wealth of biographical and bibliographical information on Nietzsche, along with the promise of forthcoming sections on Nietzsche's philosophical legacy and his influence on art and culture. Invitations to contribute to the journal or to other sections of the site are given, along with the opportunity to join a mailing list. This is a well-presented resource which, though still partly in the development phase, should prove of interest to Nietzsche students and scholars, especially those concerned with his aesthetic work and influence. Note that some texts on the site are in PDF format, and some large images are used.
This is the website of the aesthetics section of the Paideia Project, containing online electronic versions of papers presented at the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, held in Boston in 1998. The archive consists of articles concerned with aesthetics and the philosophy of art, written by an international contingent of scholars. Thus there are papers, for example, on Kant's theory of the sublime and beautiful; Hegel's philosophy of language and its use for the study of verbal art; and Modernism. A few of the texts are written in Spanish or French, though most are in English. There is a keyword search facility in addition to the alphabetical index.
The Paideia Project On-Line is dedicated to the Proceedings of 20th World Congress of Philosophy at Boston University, held between 10 and 15 August 1998. The most substantial aspect of the site is the Paideia Archive, which makes available almost a thousand papers presented at the conference. The archive arranges papers by subject matter in an orderly and user-friendly manner, and the coverage is fairly comprehensive. Beyond the traditional philosophical categories, there are sections on the philosophy of sport, education, children, gender, and literature, plus regional entries focusing on African, Asian, American, and Latin American philosophy. The papers themselves are in printer-friendly HTML format and, with a few exceptions, are in English. They are written by professional philosophers and graduate students who attended the Congress. There is a sophisticated search function for finding particular topics in the archive. This resource will be of primary use to research students and faculty members, especially those investigating the less conventional or widespread areas of philosophy.
Parrhesia - A Journal of Critical Philosophy (ISSN 1834-3287) is a peer-reviewed work which examines the intersections between questions of subjectivity, politics, ethics, aesthetics and truth. This website allows free access to all published articles and book reviews. It contains information about the editorial board; a style guide; and links to relevant websites. Articles featured include: 'Thinking Between Disputes: An Aesthetics of Knowledge'; 'Foucault, Freedom and Truth Emergence'; 'Restating Sovereignty: On America's Regaining the Old Sense of the Political'; and 'The Many Faces of Humanitarianism'. The journal is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy.
David Chalmers, professor of philosophy at Australian National University, has compiled a simple, but useful, page listing contemporary philosophers who have made available their research papers online. The materials are organised into different sections, and headings include: philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; metaphysics; epistemology; philosophy of science; philosophy of logic; mathematics; philosophy of religion; applied ethics; philosophy of consciousness; value theory; and history of philosophy. There are also sections on Medieval philosophy; 17th and 18th century philosophy; Asian philosophy; Ancient Greek philosophy; and 19th and 20th century philosophy.
This site is a collection of 150 essays, about various topics in current philosophy. The main topics are: philosophy of science, cognitive science, aesthetics, philosophy of economics, and philosophy of psychology. The essays tend to be quite short but, in many cases, serve as a useful introduction to various topics. Essays on "Mind and Artificial Intelligence", for example, cover Searle's Chinese Room argument, and Turing Machines.The site consists of a series of links to the articles, which are organised by area of philosophy, and accessing the material is therefore quite straightforward. There are also links to other useful sites.
'Philosophy and Literature' (ISSN: 1086-329X) is a publication which focuses on the dialogue between literary and philosophical studies. The journal, which is also available in print, is provided by the Johns Hopkins University Press to subscribing institutions as part of Project MUSE. Although the journal has been in existence for more than twenty years, only full content published since 1995 is available in electronic format. As there is no search engine for the site, the reader must either browse for relevant articles volume by volume, or have already identified useful material via other sources. For each issue featured, the full-text of the print edition is available online to subscribers. A free sample issue is nevertheless available from here. The journal prides itself on not belonging to any particular school of criticism, and on publishing unpretentious, jargon-free prose.
Philosophy Compass (ISSN 1747-9991) is an online scholarly journal which publishes original peer-reviewed surveys of research and other significant works from across the discipline. It fills a gap left by existing guides within the subject by focussing on the most up-to-date development in philosophy. The materials are organised according to Authors' names as well as the following themes: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Continental; Epistemology; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Legal and Political; Logic and Language; Metaphysics; Mind and Cognitive Science; Naturalistic Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; and Philosophy of Religion. While this is a subscription-based journal, free trials are available from this site, together with sample articles and abstracts of all materials published. The site also provides information about its editorial board and on how to subscribe to the journal. This resource is published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing under the general editorship of Brian Weatherson of Cornell University.
Philosophy of Art is a weblog ('blog') established to discuss issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The weblog was launched in June 2004, and all archives dating from then can be viewed. Categories under which postings fall include: visual art; music; depiction; interpretation; representation; pragmatism; and mind/phenomenology. Practical matters such as calls for papers and news are also featured. Readers may submit comments on any of the postings. The site also contains links to other philosophy weblogs and sites of interest. An RSS newsfeed is available to assist readers to stay informed about recent topics discussed.
'Philosophy of Computer Games' is a website that was part of a major conference series on the topic, held at the University of Copenhagen in 2005, in Italy in 2007, and at Postdam in 2008. The website has all the details one would expect to find on the website of a major conference series. Proceedings are not available on the website, but there are are substantial abstracts of the papers presented in 2008, and biographies of speakers, which forms a useful free online resource. These can be found in the section titled "Abstracts / Bios". There is also an external Web link to external Web pages for the earlier conferences. The 2007 website - if one follows the chain of links for long enough - has abstracts and a free video archive of that conference. It is to be expected that there will be similar links to a dedicated website for the May 2008 conference, in time. This will be a useful starting point for those considering the philosophical implications of interactive computer-based experiences, and seeking fellow researchers on the subject.
'Philosophy of Computer Games' is a website for a major conference on the topic held in Italy in 2007. The website has all the details one would expect to find on the website of a major conference. It also contains a useful concise overview of the conference themes. Twenty of the conference papers are made freely available online, in full-text form, either as PDF or Powerpoint files (these are to be found via the 'Programme' menu item). Linked from the front page, but not from the main menu, is a complete video archive of all three days of the conference, presented as Flash video. These Flash videos can be easily navigated by speaker, but cannot easily be downloaded. This website will be a very useful starting point for those considering the philosophical implications of interactive computer-based experiences, and seeking fellow researchers on the subject. The 2007 conference was part of a series - there were also conferences in 2005 (abstracts only) and 2008 (PDF and video anticipated).
The Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics (PJA) aims to provide postgraduates with a forum to exchange ideas and to encourage the production of high quality essays relevant to postgraduate interests. It publishes short essays (between 2000-3000 words) on any topic in aesthetics. This homepage provides the table of contents of all volumes published since April 2004; their submission policy; and information about their editorial board. The journal is published three times a year - in April, August and December. It is edited by Louise Hanson and published by the British Society of Aesthetics.
Terrain Gallery is the website of a New York City gallery that has held exhibitions continuously since 1955. The first director of the gallery, painter Dorothy Koppelman, based the gallery's motto - 'in reality opposites are one: art shows this' - on a statement by poet and philosopher, Eli Siegel. Artists such as: Alex Katz; Roy Lichtenstein; Claes Oldenburg; Chaim Koppelman; Richard Anuszkiewicz; and many others have exhibited work in the gallery over the years. The website provides a history of the gallery, written in 2005 to celebrate the gallery's 50th anniversary, as well as sections on art history and criticism, and 'Eli Siegel on beauty', both of which discuss the philosophical idea of Aesthetic Realism (founded by Siegel in 1941). A link to the Aesthetic Realism Foundation is also included, as well as links to other Siegel resources. Students of art and critical theory more generally would find this resource of interest.
This page, on the personal weblog of the British author Steven Poole, gives access to a free PDF version of his book 'Trigger Happy: The Inner Life of Videogames' (Fourth Estate, 2001). This PDF ebook is unrestricted and it includes the full text of the revised 2nd edition. The Web page also links to the full text of an Afterword chapter that was written for the 2004 U.S. edition, for which the publisher differently subtitled the expanded book: "Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution". Poole's 428-page ebook examines the aesthetics of videogames, and is written in an accessible but well-informed manner. The author, a Cambridge-educated reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, brings an eclectic range of thinkers to bear on the subject of videogame aesthetics. The book also benefits from the fact that the author was an enthusiastic player of early videogames.
The University of Liverpool's Philosophy Department has published this 'Subject Resources' website for the benefit of undergraduate students. It provides a number of introductory notes on important philosophers and summaries of key philosophical topics, all written by members of the faculty. There are PDF files covering the aesthetics of Kant and Schiller, and the political philosophies of Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Nozick, and Rawls. There is a multipart paper on emotivism, and an introduction to the philosophy of mind that covers dualism and behaviourism. Links pages are provided to other sites dealing with the philosophy of mind and early modern philosophy. Unfortunately, a number of these were not in operation at the time this record was reviewed.