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List of Figures Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The "Non" is Not Negation Chapter 3: The Aesthetics and Ethics of Non-Philosophy Chapter 4: Aesthetics in a Different Light: Kapoor, Flavin, Turrell Chapter 5: Conclusion Notes Index

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Using a range of case studies from art and theatre, this book provides an introduction to Francois Laruelle's aesthetic theory and the 'non-philosophical' project he calls 'non-aesthetics'.

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Jonathan Fardy is Assistant Professor of Art History at Idaho State University. His research specialisms are the history of photography, nineteenth-century visual culture, critical theory and art criticism.


Laruelle and Art is a highly original, engaging, and accessible introduction to one of France's most important contemporary thinkers. It is also far more than an introduction and develops its own 'non-aesthetic' perspectives on both art and philosophy which develop non-philosophical thought in a distinctive and innovative manner. -- Ian James, Reader in Modern French Literature and Thought, University of Cambridge, UK
With rare elegance and accessible language Fardy conveys the fundamental tenets of non-philosophy (or of non-standard philosophy). Non-philosophy and its treatment of the practice of art is presented in lucid, revealing and coherent manner which makes this book not only an original study in non-esthetics but also a perfect introduction in non-standard philosophy and the oeuvre of Francois Laruelle. -- Katerina Kolozova, Professor of philosophy at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje, North Macedonia
New readers of Francois Laruelle's non-philosophy are often surprised to find themselves confronted by a way of thinking that aims to be a practice. Fardy's new book deftly demonstrates how such a project helps us see how thinking through aesthetic practice and objects is an aesthetic practice in itself. * Anthony Paul Smith, Associate Professor, La Salle University, USA *
Laruelle and Art is a very important work that brings Laruelle's challenging ideas back to earth. Yet Fardy never dumbs down non-philosophy: with brilliant examples drawn from practices in photography, visual installation, sculpture, and theatre, he thinks alongside Laruelle while performing a non-standard thought all his own. A major achievement. * Professor John O Maoilearca, Kingston School of Art, London, UK *

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