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The Powers of Presence

The Powers of Presence
Consciousness, Myth, and Affecting Presence

Robert Plant Armstrong

224 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1981 | ISBN 9780812278040 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2015 | ISBN 9781512800074 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

"The culmination of what will go down in history as one of the most distinguished trilogies in the history of aesthetics."—Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University
Chiefly considering African and Upper Paleolithic work, Armstrong demonstrates that concepts of beauty, truth, and excellence are irrelevant in developing the aesthetic of a specific culture. By developing a unique aesthetic typology, he offers a reinterpretation of non-Western art that integrates human consciousness and its reification as art. More than eighty handsome photographs and drawings are included.

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