A History of Modern Aesthetics 3 Volume Set

A History of Modern Aesthetics 3 Volume Set

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A History of Modern Aesthetics narrates the history of philosophical aesthetics from the beginning of the eighteenth century through the twentieth century. Aesthetics began with Aristotle's defense of the cognitive value of tragedy in response to Plato's famous attack on the arts in The Republic, and cognitivist accounts of aesthetic experience have been central to the field ever since. But in the eighteenth century, two new ideas were introduced: that aesthetic experience is important because of emotional impact - precisely what Plato criticized - and because it is a pleasurable free play of many or all of our mental powers. This book tells how these ideas have been synthesized or separated by both the best-known and lesser-known aestheticians of modern times, focusing on Britain, France and Germany in the eighteenth century; Germany and Britain in the nineteenth; and Germany, Britain and the United States in the twentieth.

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Paul Guyer is the inaugural Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Brown University. He is author of nine books, and editor of six collections on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, including four focusing on Kant's aesthetics. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize. A History of Modern Aesthetics was facilitated by a Laurance Rockefeller Fellowship at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. Professor Guyer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been president of both the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics.


Volume 1: 1. Prologue; Part I. Aesthetics in Britain, 1725-1800: 2. Hutcheson to Hume; 3. Hogarth, Burke, and Gerard; 4. From Kames to Alison and Stewart; Part II. French Aesthetics in Mid-Century: 5. Andre to Rousseau; Part III. German Aesthetics between Wolff and Kant: 6. The first generation of Wolffian aesthetics; 7. German aesthetics at mid-century; 8. Coming closer to Kant; Part IV. Kant and After: 9. Kant; 10. After Kant. Volume 2: Part I. German Aesthetics in the First Half of the Nineteenth-Century: 1. Early Romanticism and idealism; 2. In the shadow of Schelling; 3. The high tide of idealism; 4. In the wake of Hegel; Part II. (Mostly) British Aesthetics in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: 5. Ruskin; 6. Aestheticism; 7. Bosanquet and Tolstoy; Part III. German Aesthetics in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: 8. In the shadow of Schopenhauer; 9. Neo-Kantian aesthetics; 10. Psychological aesthetics: play and empathy. Volume 3: Part I. German Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century: 1. German aesthetics between the wars: Lukacs and Heidegger; 2. German aesthetics after World War II; Part II. Aesthetics in Britain until World War II: 3. Bloomsbury, Croce, and Bullough; 4. First responses to Croce; 5. Collingwood; Part III. American Aesthetics in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: 6. Santayana; 7. The American reception of expression theory I: Parker to Greene; 8. Dewey; 9. The American reception of expression theory II: Cassirer and Langer; 10. After Dewey and Cassirer; Part IV. Wittgenstein and After: Anglo-American Aesthetics in the Second Part of the Twentieth Century: 11. Wittgenstein; 12. The first wave; 13. The second wave.

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  • publication date: 10/03/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107643222
  • Format: Other Formats
  • Number Of Pages: 1752
  • ID: 9781107643222
  • weight: 2930
  • ISBN10: 1107643228

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