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The Aesthetics of Design$
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Jane Forsey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964369.001.0001

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Everyday Aesthetics and Design

Everyday Aesthetics and Design

(p.193) Chapter IV Everyday Aesthetics and Design
The Aesthetics of Design

Jane Forsey

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 signals a departure: design has thus far been considered from within the tradition of philosophical aesthetics to demonstrate that it is an aesthetic object worthy of attention. But design differs from other aesthetic phenomena because of the way that it intersects with our daily lives, and to fully understand it, it must be considered within the context of our quotidian activities and immanent concerns. Chapter 4 provides a critical consideration of the recent movement of Everyday Aesthetics as one that seeks to broaden the traditional categories and methodologies of the field. But Everyday Aesthetics fails in its goals due to a lack of rigor and consistency, as shown through an analysis of the work of Yuriko Saito and Arto Haapala in particular. The chapter concludes that a fully developed theory of design can itself provide a framework for a rich aesthetics of everyday life, one that challenges the discipline to expand its scope, and that argues for a more central place for aesthetics within philosophy at large

Keywords:   Everyday aesthetics, Yuriko Saito, Art Haapala, the strange and familiar, aesthetic pleasure, design and the everyday

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