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The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory (Ideas in Context)

The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory (Ideas in Context)

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Simon Grote
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 7/31/2017
EAN 9781107110922, ISBN10: 1107110920

Hardcover, 306 pages, 23.5 x 16 x 2 cm
Language: English

Broad in its geographic scope and yet grounded in original archival research, this book situates the inception of modern aesthetic theory – the philosophical analysis of art and beauty - in theological contexts that are crucial to explaining why it arose. Simon Grote presents seminal aesthetic theories of the German and Scottish Enlightenments as outgrowths of a quintessentially Enlightenment project: the search for a natural 'foundation of morality' and a means of helping naturally self-interested human beings transcend their own self-interest. This conclusion represents an important alternative to the standard history of aesthetics as a series of preludes to the achievements of Immanuel Kant, as well as a reinterpretation of several canonical figures in the German and Scottish Enlightenments. It also offers a foundation for a transnational history of the Enlightenment without the French philosophes at its centre, while solidly endorsing historians' growing reluctance to call the Enlightenment a secularising movement.

1. Christian Wolff's critics and the foundation of morality
2. Pietist aisthesis, moral education, and the beginnings of aesthetic theory
3. Alexander Baumgarten's intervention
4. Francis Hutcheson at the margins of the Scottish Enlightenment
5. William Cleghorn and the aesthetic foundation of justice
Conclusion.