This title was first published in 2001. This book focuses on the rich web of interrelations between aesthetic and wider human
concerns. Among topics explored are concepts of truth and falsity (within art and aesthetic experience generally), superficiality
and depth in aesthetic appreciation of nature, moral beauty and ugliness, the projects of integrating a life, of fashioning
a life as a work of art, experiments in the aesthetic re-working of the 'sacred', the role of imagination within religion
and in our attempts to place and identify ourselves within the cosmos. The essays are both interlinked and distinct, allowing
them to be read in any order, and providing useful themes for discussion groups and seminars. The author aims to arouse in
the reader something of his enjoyment in unravelling the connections of ideas that come into view when one approaches aesthetics
in its widest setting.