Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art, Volume 1

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 1289 pages
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In his Aesthetics Hegel gives full expression to his seminal theory of art. He surveys the history of art from ancient India, Egypt, and Greece through to the Romantic movement of his own time, criticizes major works, and probes their meaning and significance; his rich array of examples gives broad scope for his judgement and makes vivid his exposition of his theory. The substantial Introduction is Hegel's best exposition of his general philosophy of art, and provides the ideal way into his Aesthetics. In Part I he considers the general nature of art: he distinguishes art, as a spiritual experience, from religion and philosophy; he discusses the beauty of art and differentiates it from the beauty of nature; and he examines artistic genius and originality. Part II provides a sort of history of art, divded into three periods called Symbolic (India, Persia, Egypt), Classical (Greece), and Romantic (medieval and post-medieval up to the end of the eighteenth century). Part IIIdeals individually with architecture, scuplture, painting, music, and literature.
  

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My dissertation is on Hegel's "Lectures on Aesthetics." It's very interesting, moving from concrete example to historical analysis to philosophical speculation seamlessly. Hegel has been called "the father of art history" by Gombrich. Read full review

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My dissertation is on Hegel's "Lectures on Aesthetics." It's very interesting, moving from concrete example to historical analysis to philosophical speculation seamlessly. Hegel has been called "the father of art history" by Gombrich. Read full review

Contents

Silenus with the Infant Bacchus frontispiece
1
ii The Work of Art as being for Apprehension by Mans
32
ii Schiller Winckelmann Schelling
61
THE SYSTEM OF THE INDIVIDUAL
82
THE ROMANTIC ARTS 792
88
THE IDEA OF ARTISTIC BEAUTY
91
Division of the Subject
105
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
116
View of Purification and Penance
346
SYMBOLISM PROPER
347
SYMBOLISM OF THE SUBLIME
362
CONSCIOUS SYMBOLISM OF
378
B COMPARISONS WHICH START FROM THE MEANING
395
DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SYMBOLIC FORM OF ART
421
THE CLASSICAL FORM OF ART
427
THE PROCESS OF SHAPING
443

B THE EXTERNAL BEAUTY OF THE ABSTRACT FORM
133
DEFICIENCY OF NATURAL BEAUTY
143
THE BEAUTY OF ART OR THE IDEAL
153
B THE DETERMINACY OF THE IDEAL
174
THE ARTIST
280
The Idea of the Beautiful
299
Division of the Subject
314
UNCONSCIOUS SYMBOLISM
323
B FANTASTIC SYMBOLISM
332
THE IDEAL OF THE CLASSICAL
476
THE DISSOLUTION OF THE CLASSI
502
THE ROMANTIC FORM OF ART
517
THE RELIGIOUS DOMAIN
530
Religious Love
539
CHIVALRY
552
THE FORMAL INDEPENDENCE
573
Formal Character
585
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G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831) is one of the great figures in the history of Western thought, and the most important philosopher of his time. He spent his life in his native Germany, elaborating an enormously ambitious and broad-ranging philosophical system which has exerted a continuing influence on European and Anglo-American philosophy.Sir Malcolm Knox was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews from 1936 to 1953, and then Principal of that university until 1966. He published translations of many of Hegel's philosophical, theological, and political writings. He died in 1980.

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