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Introduction: Reappraising Aesthetic Rationalism

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/9780199573011.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the aesthetic rationalism movement in Germany. It then discusses the rationalist theory of aesthetic judgment, the rationalist aesthetic, the ... More


Lessing and the Reformation of Aesthetic Rationalism

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/9780199573011.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, who is considered as the last great thinker in the rationalist tradition of aesthetics. Lessing occupies a unique place in the rationalist tradition. ... More


Mendelssohn's Defense of Reason

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/9780199573011.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Moses Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn is considered as one of the most illustrious representatives of the rationalist tradition in aesthetics. No one in that tradition had a ... More


Leibniz and the Roots of Aesthetic Rationalism

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/9780199573011.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines the aesthetic dimension of Leibniz's philosophy. It begins with a discussion of his definition of beauty. It then considers his account of sensible qualities in general. While ... More


Wolff and the Birth of Aesthetic Rationalism

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/9780199573011.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Christian Wolff's contributions to the German aesthetic tradition. Virtually every aspect of Wolff's system — his metaphysics, ethics, psychology, and logic — were ... More


Gottsched and the High Noon of Rationalism

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/9780199573011.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on another prominent figure in the development of aesthetic rationalism: Johann Christian Gottsched (1700-66). Gottsched is a seminal, if also controversial, figure in German ... More


Paul Valéry: Masters and Friends

Joseph Frank

in Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239252
eISBN:
9780823239290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

A large part of the published work of Paul Valéry consists of occasional literary and cultural reflections on the most varied and diverse topics. Valéry never approached any subject except in terms ... More


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