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Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics

Frederick C. Beiser

in Diotima's Children: German Aesthetic Rationalism from Leibniz to Lessing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573011
eISBN:
9780191722202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573011.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, who is considered the founder of modern aesthetics. It considers Baumgarten's first philosophical writing, his Meditationes philosophicae de ... More


Adventures in the Global Amazon

Ursula K. Heise

in Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195335637
eISBN:
9780199869022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335637.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter, building on Ch. 1, explores how a sense of globally connected places develops from innovative aesthetic techniques in two works that focus on the Amazon rainforest as an icon of ... More


Literature and the Use of ‘Lives’: A Prehistory

Ann Jefferson

in Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter sketches the prehistory of biography in the ‘lives’ of great men, stressing the role of exemplarity in these texts. The emergence in the 16th and 17th centuries of ‘lives’ of writers in ... More


Force: A Fundamental Concept of Aesthetic Anthropology

Christoph Menke

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249725
eISBN:
9780823250691
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249725.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book reconceives modern aesthetics by reconstructing its genesis in the 18th century, between Baumgarten's Aesthetics and Kant's Critique of Judgment. Force demonstrates that aesthetics, and ... More


Symbolic Cognition from Leibniz to the 1760s: Theology, Aesthetics, and History

Avi Lifschitz

in Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199661664
eISBN:
9780191751653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661664.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter explores a synchronic approach to the interrelations between language and mind, as expressed mainly by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Christian Wolff. Leibniz's attempt to rehabilitate ... More


Substance and Phenomenal Substance

Rae Langton

in Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199243174
eISBN:
9780191597909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199243174.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In considering phenomenal substance, an empiricist notion of ‘phenomenon’ as the manifest is to be distinguished from a rationalist notion of phenomenon as the non‐fundamental. And the pure concept ... More


Reality, Reason, and Religion in the Early Development of Kant’s Ethics

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199693689
eISBN:
9780191745584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693689.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the anti-empiricist dimension of Kant's early work by arguing that the recent publication of a new edition, by Kuehn and Stark, of Kant's early (1770s) ethics lectures need not ... More


Praxis: The Practice of the Subject

Christoph Menke and Gerrit Jackson

in Force: A Fundamental Concept of Aesthetic Anthropology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249725
eISBN:
9780823250691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249725.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Turning to Baumgarten, this chapter examines the ways in which the senses act without us understanding their full impacts on our thoughts. He continues to explore the notion of “sensible cognition” ... More


Art and the Transcendent; or, Christian Platonic and Anti-Platonic Art

Tom Rockmore

in Art and Truth after Plato

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226040028
eISBN:
9780226040165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226040165.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter identifies ways in which selected medieval thinkers, even those who do not subscribe to later normative theories of aesthetics, reflect on beauty, or what is sometimes called the ... More


Beauty

Mark Evan Bonds

in Absolute Music: The History of an Idea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199343638
eISBN:
9780199373437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199343638.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Conceptions of musical beauty changed markedly in the period 1550–1850. Beauty had always played a role in commentary on the arts, but not until the eighteenth century did it become the defining ... More


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