Books written and edited on the subjects of architecture, aesthetics, philosophy and psychoanalysis.
Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral
The purpose of the book is to understand medieval architecture in relation to medieval society, values, philosophy and religion, focusing on Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral. The architecture and topography of Lincoln Cathedral are examined in their cultural contexts, in relation to scholastic philosophy, science and cosmology, and medieval ideas about light and geometry, as highlighted in the writings of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln Cathedral in the thirteenth century.
The Splendour of English Gothic Architecture
This book explains and celebrates the richness of English churches and cathedrals, which have a major place in medieval architecture. Several photographs of these architectural testimonies allow us to understand the whole originality of Britain during the Gothic era: in Canterbury, Wells, Lincoln, York, and Salisbury. The English Gothic architecture is a poetic one, speaking both to the senses and spirit.
Philosophy of Intellect and Vision
The book illustrates how the philosophies of Grosseteste are rooted in Platonic, Aristotelian, Neoplatonic and Peripatetic philosophies, and shows how Grosseteste made important contributions to theories of intellect and vision. Emphasis is placed on the relation between Grosseteste's philosophies and previous influences, as well as their relation to subsequent philosophies in the middle ages, and the Renaissance to the twentieth century. The philosophies are also considered in relation to the architecture of Lincoln Cathedral.
John Shannon Hendrix Books
Architecture and Psychoanalysis
Architecture and Psychoanalysis is an analysis of the relation between psychoanalytic theory and compositional strategies in architecture. In psychoanalysis it focuses on the writing of Jacques Lacan as well as theories of the structure of the psyche, linguistics, and perception. In architecture it focuses on the writings and projects of Peter Eisenman. There are extended discussions on the thought of figures such as Sigmund Freud, Ferdinand de Saussure, and Jacques Derrida, and of the architecture of figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Francesco Borromini, Giuseppe Terragni, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Spirit
From Plotinus to Schelling and Hegel
In examining the aesthetics of Plotinus, Schelling, and Hegel, the book discusses the Platonic bases of the aesthetics of Plotinus and the Plotinian bases of the aesthetics of Schelling and Hegel in the philosophy of spirit, identity philosophy, and transcendental idealism. Examining the notion of art as philosophy, as a product of mind, and as an instrument of intellect in the relation between reason and perception, the book involves concepts of the universal and particular, freedom and necessity, the beautiful and sublime, allegory and symbolism, consciousness and self-consciousness, subjective and objective spirit, and artistic representation.
Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts
The book explores the idea of a Neoplatonic aesthetic, a philosophy of the arts based on the writings of Plato and the Neoplatonists - principally Plotinus, Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius, Nicolas Cusanus, and Marsilio Ficino - and more contemporary philosophers - Stephen MacKenna, Iris Murdoch, Denman Ross, Jacques Derrida, and Hans Georg Gadamer. This book examines the artistic production of figures such as Gioseffe Zarlino, Fra Angelico, Leon Battista Alberti, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Giorgio Vasari, and it formulates theoretical approaches to contemporary production based in the Neoplatonic philosophies.
Platonic Philosophies and the Visual Arts
The book examines philosophical structures of Plato in their structural, spatial, and architectonic implications. It examines elements of Plato’s philosophical systems in relation to other philosophical systems, including those of Anaximander, Plotinus, Proclus, Nicolas Cusanus, Marsilio Ficino, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida. It also examines Plato’s philosophy in relation to architectonic conceptions in the arts, including the work of Leon Battista Alberti and Piero della Francesca in the Renaissance, Paul Cézanne, and the Cubists and Deconstructivists in the twentieth century.
Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures
Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures examines architectural and architectonic forms as products of philosophical and epistemological structures in selected cultures and time periods, and analyzes architecture as a text of its culture. Relations between architectural forms and philosophical structures are explored in Western civilization, beginning in Egypt and Greece and culminating in twentieth-century Europe and America. Architecture, like all forms of artistic expression, is interwoven with the beliefs and the structures of knowledge of its culture.
Neoplatonism and the Arts
Neoplatonism and the Arts illustrates the important role that Neoplatonism has played in artistic production in a variety of artforms. The essays are from a conference organized in Rome with Liana De Girolami Cheney, examining the role that Neoplatonism has played in artistic production in Italy. There are chapters by contributors on Georges Gemistos-Plethon, Marsilio Ficino, Plato, Michelangelo, El Greco, Francesco Borromini and Athanasius Kircher, The Myth of Hercules, Sandro Botticelli, Dante, Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Clemente and Giovanni Macchia.