Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

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Jessica Wolfendale, Jeanette Kennett
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 6, 2011 - Philosophy - 232 pages
If you just can't decide what to wear, this enlightening guide will lead you through the diverse and sometimes contradictory aspects of fashion in a series of lively, entertaining and thoughtful essays from prominent philosophers and writers.
  • A unique and enlightening insight into the underlying philosophy behind the power of fashion
  • Contributions address issues in fashion from a variety of viewpoints, including aesthetics, the nature of fashion and fashionability, ethics, gender and identity politics, and design
  • Includes a foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist author, activist and cultural critic, editor of Ms magazine (1993-7) and regular contributor to major women's magazines including Glamour and Marie-Claire
 

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Contents

BEING FASHIONABLE AND BEING COOL
13
Fashion Illusion and Alienation
31
FASHION STYLE AND DESIGN
51
Perfume Advertising Fashion and Desire
70
From Cyborgs to Supermodels
88
FASHION IDENTITY AND FREEDOM
103
Fashion and Sexual Identity orWhy Recognition Matters
120
Slaves to Fashion?
135
How Do You Solve
151
CAN WE BE ETHICAL AND FASHIONABLE?
167
Individual
186
ATaste for Fashion
199
Notes on Contributors
215
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Editors
Jessica Wolfendale is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University, and perhaps a little too fond of vintage clothing. She is the author of Torture and the Military Profession (2007) and has published extensively on the ethics of torture, military ethics, and applied ethics.

Jeanette Kennett is Professor of Moral Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Agency and Responsibility (2001) and has published widely on topics including empathy, addiction, self-control, , advertising, and love and friendship.

Series Editor
Fritz Allhoff is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at The Australian National University's Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, Allhoff is also the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). His academic research interests engage various facets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history and philosophy of science.

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