This book explores the dimension of our aesthetic life that has not received much attention from modern Western art-centered aesthetics: our aesthetic responses to objects and matters that constitute our everyday life. This inquiry was inspired by consideration of design projects that need to address not only technical issues but also the observance of regulations, cultural and social values, environmental ramifications, and political implications. The artifacts thus designed and used every day affect the quality of life and the state of the world through their aesthetic dimensions. By broadening the scope of aesthetic discourse, the book examines the content and ramifications of our aesthetic response to things and the environment with which we interact on a daily basis. The approach is more exploratory than argumentative, and the discussion is illustrated by examples from nature, designed objects, built environments, and Japanese aesthetics.
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