By Professor Paul Guyer
A heritage of contemporary Aesthetics narrates the background of philosophical aesthetics from the start of the eighteenth century in the course of the 20th century. Aesthetics started with Aristotle's protection of the cognitive price of tragedy based on Plato's recognized assault at the arts within the Republic, and cognitivist debts of aesthetic event were important to the sector ever in view that. yet within the eighteenth century, new rules have been brought: that aesthetic adventure is necessary as a result of emotional influence - accurately what Plato criticized - and since it's a pleasing unfastened play of many or all of our psychological powers. This booklet tells how those principles were synthesized or separated by way of either the best-known and lesser-known aestheticians of contemporary instances, concentrating on Britain, France, and Germany within the eighteenth century; Germany and Britain within the 19th; and Germany, Britain, and the us within the 20th.
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I alluded earlier to the thesis of Paul Oskar Kristeller, first published in 1951, that the very concept of fine art, and therefore the possibility of a discipline of aesthetics, is an invention of the eighteenth century. Fifty years after the publication of Kristeller’s original argument, Larry Shiner defended it in his wellinformed book, The Invention of Art, drawing on a much wider range of materials than Kristeller had done. ”59 Shiner’s book focuses on the works and statements of artists and critics while eschewing detailed analysis of philosophical claims about art or aesthetic experience, while this work does the opposite; but he does find the notions of “disinterested contemplation” and “the autonomy of aesthetic experience” epitomized above all in Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schiller to be paradigmatic of the new way of thinking summed up in the modern conception of fine art,60 while finding only a few thinkers, such as William Hogarth and especially Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who held out against the new consensus about the separation between art and other forms of human activity and between aesthetic and other forms 59 60 Shiner, Invention of Art, pp.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), ch. 1; Dabney Townsend, “Shaftesbury’s Aesthetic Theory,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 41 (1982): 205–13; and Richard Glauser, “Aesthetic Experience in Shaftesbury,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 76 (2002): 25–54. 36 A History of Modern Aesthetics, Volume 1 THE Fancy of this kind, reply’d [PHILOCLES], wou’d be as sordidly luxurious; and as absurd, in my opinion, as either of the former. Can you not then, on this occasion, said [THEOCLES], call to mind some other Forms of a fair kind among us, where the Admiration of Beauty is apt to lead to as irregular a Consequence?
Iii; vol. I, pp. 55–6. iii, vol. II, p. 45. ii; vol. II, p. 112; see also vol. II, p. 104. Prologue 39 All in One, as holding to one common Stock. Thus too in the System of the bigger World. See there the mutual Dependency of Things! the Relation of one to another, of the Sun to this inhabited Earth, and of the Earth and other Planets to the Sun! ” Shaftesbury supports this inference with the premise that the kinds of orderly artifacts with which we are most familiar are always assumed to be the product of design: “For can it be suppos’d of any-one in the World, that being in some Desart far from Men, and hearing there a perfect Symphony of Musick, or seeing an exact Pile of regular Architecture arising gradually from the Earth in all its Orders and Proportions, he shou’d be persuaded that at the bottom there was no Design accompanying this, no secret Spring of Thought, no active Mind?
A History of Modern Aesthetics 3 Volume Set by Professor Paul Guyer