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In Touch with the Past

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Things: In Touch with the Past explores the value of artifacts that have survived from the past and that can be said to "embody" their histories. Such genuine or "real" things afford a particular kind of aesthetic experience-an encounter with the past-despite the fact that genuineness is not a perceptually detectable property.
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Elizabeth Scarbrough, British Journal of Aesthetics an ambitious and timely treatise on the importance of genuineness and the role of touch in experiencing 'Real Things'. With Things Korsmeyer makes a significant contribution to the philosophical literature on genuineness, the importance of touch in aesthetic experience, connections between persons and artifacts, and the sorts of value we place in objects and sites. The breadth of literature she invokes is impressive, spanning philosophy, history,
archaeology, psychology, and literature ... a welcomed addition to anyone working in aesthetics, archaeology, and heritage management.

Derek Matravers, The Philosophical Quarterly In this excellent book, Carolyn Korsmeyer skilfully threads a course through these murky waters, tacking close to, but not alighting on, Viollet-le-Duc's charge... we should rejoice in the fact that Korsmeyer has started us off with such an insightful, profound, and beautifully-writtenbook.

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Carolyn Korsmeyer's monograph bolsters her reputation as a leading innovator in analytic aesthetics research. Like so much of her previous work, this book is beautifully written, thoughtful and thought-provoking, carefully referenced and rich in artistic examples and historical anecdotes ... the book is a testament to the possibility of making first-rate philosophical contributions that are fascinating and enjoyable to read.

F.A. Grabowski, CHOICE Erudite yet accessible, Korsmeyer's study paints a detailed, vivid picture of what "genuine" and "authentic" mean when applied to objects and to the experiences one has of old things. This study will interest not only philosophers of art and aesthetics but also scholars working in the many other disciplines of the humanities.

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Professor of Philosophy, University of Buffalo. Author of Saving Disgust (OUP 2011, 703 paper, 95 cloth)


Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Touch and the Genuine Chapter 2: Tarnished Halos Chapter 3: Mistaken Identities Chapter 4: Loss and Rescue, Help and Harm Chapter 5: Relics, Remnants, and Scrap Bibliography