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Aesthetics in Dialogue

Applying Philosophy of Art in a Global World

Edited By Zoltan Somhegyi and Max Ryynänen

The impact of aesthetics is increasing again. For today’s scholars, aesthetic theories are a significant companion and contribution in studying and ana-lysing cultural phenomena and production. Today’s scene of aesthetics is more global than what it is in most disciplines, as it does not just include scholars from all over the world, but also keeps on applying philosophical traditions globally
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2 The Rhythm of Time in Everyday Aesthetics (Elisabetta Di Stefano)


Elisabetta Di Stefano

AbstractAnglo-American research on aesthetics as well as that being carried out in continental Europe are increasingly interested in the topics pertaining to everyday life. However, the label “Everyday Aesthetics” apparently conveys a surprising oxymoron. After exploring the relation between Everyday and Philosophy, I shall analyse the principal theories on Everyday Aesthetics. Then, by means of sociological interpretative tools, such as those offered by Henri Lefebvre, I will bring to the fore the concept of rhythm, as what can shed light on the fundamental value of daily life and its cyclical alternation of ordinary and extraordinary moments. According to Lefebvre, there’s no rhythm without repetition in time and space. Referring also to Ellen Dissanayake’s theory, I focus on the concept of “making special” and the positiveness of repetition. As Lefebvre employs the notion of rhythm in order to explain the alternation of celebration and daily life within a cyclical understanding of time, he provides an interpretative tool to discover inner richness under the seeming poverty of everyday life and to reach the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Keywords: everyday aesthetics, rhythm, aesthetics of familiar, extraordinary in the ordinary, Henri Lefebvre, Ellen Dissanayake

In Western cultural tradition daily life has been attached by philosophy to the realm of what is irrelevant. The very adjective quotidianus – from the Latin adverb cotidie – stands for a repeated temporality, one day after the other, with no distinction. It is no coincidence that grey and greyness are the colour...

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