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The Aesthetics of Decay

Nothingness, Nostalgia, and the Absence of Reason

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Dylan Trigg

In The Aesthetics of Decay, Dylan Trigg confronts the remnants from the fallout of post-industrialism and postmodernism. Through a considered analysis of memory, place, and nostalgia, Trigg argues that the decline of reason enables a critique of progress to emerge. In this ambitious work, Trigg aims to reassess the direction of progress by situating it in a spatial context. In doing so, he applies his critique of rationality to modern ruins. The derelict factory, abandoned asylum, and urban alleyway all become allies in Trigg’s attack on a fixed image of temporality and progress. The Aesthetics of Decay offers a model of post-rational aesthetics in which spatial order is challenged by an affirmative ethics of ruin.

BIC Classifications

  • Humanities (H)
    • Philosophy (HP)
      • History of Western philosophy (HPC)
        • Western philosophy, from c 1900 - (HPCF)
          • Phenomenology & Existentialism (HPCF3)
      • Philosophy: aesthetics (HPN)

BISAC Classifications

  • Philosophy (PHI)
    • PHILOSOPHY / General (PHI000000)
    • PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics (PHI001000)
    • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern (PHI016000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Philosophy (QD)
      • History of philosophy, philosophical traditions (QDH)
        • Modern philosophy: since c 1800 (QDHR)
      • Topics in philosophy (QDT)
        • Philosophy: aesthetics (QDTN)