The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life
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This book explores the aesthetics of the objects and environments we encounter in daily life. Thomas Leddy stresses the close relationship between everyday aesthetics and the aesthetics of art, but places special emphasis on neglected aesthetic terms such as 'neat,' 'messy,' 'pretty,' 'lovely,' 'cute,' and 'pleasant.' The author advances a general theory of aesthetic experience that can account for our appreciation of art, nature, and the everyday.
"Thomas Leddy offers a comprehensive and compelling treatment of everyday aesthetics, discussing a wide variety of historical and contemporary sources while putting forward an interesting new theory of what it is to have an aesthetic experience." - Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma
Leddy, Thomas W., "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" (2012). Books Authored by SJSU Faculty. Book 47.