Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend?
I'm looking to buy a very good friend of mine a book for his upcoming birthday, but I'm having a hard time deciding which one.
Here are two salient facts:
1) He's an artist, and reads philosophical books in his spare time. He has most likely read all the standard dudes that get thrown about at art school, i.e. the Frankfurt School, all the French folks since Satre like Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Lyotard, etc. I know for a fact that he's reading Badiou right now.
So I think a philosophy text would be great, but it doesn't have to be specifically about aesthetics or art appreciation (a la Danto).
2) My friend explained to me that he reads philosophy like one would a novel, so I'd like to buy something fresh and engagingly-written. It's not like he understands set theory, so I think he's breezing by those bits and hunting for delicious turns of phrase.
of Quentin Meillassoux is intriguing but it doesn't really click to me. I would
prefer getting something that has been published in the last ten years or so, but don't hold back if you have better suggestions from the 20th century.
As always, thank you Ask!