The Idea of Luxury: A Conceptual and Historical Investigation - Ideas in Context 30 (Paperback)Christopher J. Berry (author)
Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 16/06/1994
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In this far-ranging and innovative study Christopher Berry explores the meanings and ramifications of the idea of luxury. Insights from political theory, philosophy and intellectual history are utilised in a sophisticated conceptual analysis that is complemented by a series of specific historical investigations. Dr Berry suggests that the value attached to luxury is a crucial component in any society's self-understanding, and shows how luxury has changed from being essentially a negative term, threatening social virtue, to a guileless ploy supporting consumption. His analytic focus upon the interplay between the notions of need and desire suggests that luxuries fall into four categories - sustenance, shelter, clothing and leisure - and these are exemplified in sources as diverse as classical philosophy and contemporary advertising.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
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