Guide to Aesthetics

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Hackett Publishing, 1995 - Philosophy - 88 pages
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A reprint of the Library of Liberal Arts edition of 1965.

Croce's Guide presents one of the clearest and strongest defenses of the intuitive nature of art in Western philosophical thought.

 

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Contents

What Is Art?
3
Prejudices Concerning Art
28
The Place of Art in the Spirit
48
Criticism and the History of Art
65
APPENDIX NOTES
83
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About the author (1995)

Benedetto Croce was born in Pescasseroli, Italy on February 25, 1866. He studied literature and philosophy in Rome and Naples and in 1902 published Estetica. In 1903, he established the journal La Critica. He became a senator in 1910 and served as Minister of Education from 1920 to 1921. He was fiercely opposed to the Fascist regime and was ousted from public life by Benito Mussolini. After World War II, he returned to politics and became a member of the Constituent Assembly. In 1947, he was elected president of the Italian Liberal Party. He was also a historian, humanist, and foremost Italian philosopher of the first half of the 20th century. His most influential work, Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic, was published in 1902. His other works include Logic As the Science of the Pure Concept, Philosophy of the Practical: Economic and Ethic, and History: Its Theory and Practice. He died on November 20, 1952 at the age of 86.

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