This comprehensive anthology provides a collection of classic and contemporary readings in continental aesthetics. Extending from romanticism through modernism to postmodernism, the volume includes landmark texts that have sparked renewed interest in aesthetics, including works by Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel, Heidegger, Sartre, Lukacs, Habermas, Foucault, Kristeva, and Derrida. The range and significance of the primary sources presented, together with the editors' introductions, make this volume essential for anyone interested in aesthetics or philosophy of art.
Richard Kearney is Professor of Philosophy at UniversityCollege, Dublin and a visiting professor at Boston College. He hasbeen a visiting lecturer at several universities across the US andEurope. His publications include: States of Mind (1995), Poetics of Modernity (1995), and The Wake ofImagination (1998). David Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at BostonCollege. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journalPhilosophy and Social Criticism (1978-), thePhilosophy and Social Criticism Book Series (1995-), and Cultural Hermeneutics (1973-7). He is the authorof The Handbook of Critical Theory (Blackwell, 1996) andReading Habermas (Blackwell, 1990).
Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: Romanticism: Introduction. 1. The Critique of Judgement: Immanuel Kant. 2. Letter of an Aesthetic Education of Man: Friedrich Schiller. 3. The World as Will and Representation: Arthur Schoepenhauer. 4. Lectures on Aesthetics: G. W. F. Hegel. 5. The Philosophy of Art: Friedrich Wilhelm Jospeh von Schelling. 6. Biographia Literaria: Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 7. The Birth of Tragedy: Friedrich Nietzsche. Part II: Modernism: Introduction. 8. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin. 9. The Origin of the Work of Art: Martin Heidegger. 10. Lectures on Aesthetics: Ludwig Wittgenstein. 11. Leonardo da Vinci: Sigmund Freud. 12. The Ideology of Modernism: Gyorgy Lukacs. 13. The Aesthetic Dimension: Herbert Marcuse. 14. Aesthetic Theory: Theodor Adorno. 15. Discourse in the Novel: Mikhail Bakhtin. 16. Taste and the Reproduction of Art: Benedetto Croce. 17. What is Literature?: Jean-Paul Sartre. 18. Eye and Mind: Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 19. On Leveling the Genre Distinction between Philosophy and Literature: Jurgen Habermas. 20. Truth and Method: Hans-Georg Gadamer. 21. Metaphor and the Problem of Hermeneutics: Paul Ricoeur. Part III: Postmodernism: Introduction. 22. Note on the Meaning of the Word "Post" and Answering the Question "What is Postmodernism?": Jean-Francois Lyotard. 23. The Death of the Author: Roland Barthes. 24. This Is Not a Pipe: Michel Foucault. 25. The Laugh of the Medusa: Helene Cixous. 26. Travels in Hyperreality: Umberto Eco. 27. Simulations: Jean Baudrillard. 28. Economimesis: Jacques Derrida. 29. Literature One More Time: Maruice Blanchot. 30. The Malady of Grief: Duras: Julia Kristeva. Index.