In this thought-provoking book Lambert Wiesing asks simplyWhat is luxury? Drawing on fascinating examples, he argues that luxury is an aesthetic experience. Unlike experience gained via the senses, such as seeing or tasting, he argues that luxury is achieved by possessing something - an aspect of philosophy that has been largely neglected. As such, luxury becomes a refusal to conform to social expectations of restraint. An increasingly rational and goal-oriented ethos in society makes the appeal of luxury grow even stronger.