Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics

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Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics

By J. M. Bernstein

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This 2002 volume brings together major works by German thinkers, writing just prior to and after Kant, who were enormously influential in this crucial period of aesthetics. These texts include the first translation into English of Schiller's Kallias Letters and Moritz's On the Artistic Imitation of the Beautiful, together with translations of some of Hölderlin's most important theoretical writings and works by Hamann, Lessing, Novalis and Schlegel. In a philosophical introduction J. M. Bernstein traces the development of aesthetics from its still rationalist and mimetic construction in Lessing, through the optimistic construal of art and/or beauty as the appearance of human freedom in the work of Schiller, to Hölderlin's darker vision of art as the memory of a lost unity, and the variations of that theme - of an impossible striving after the lost ideal - which are found in the work of Schlegel and Novalis.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> General

Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 12/12/02
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511057431
ISBN 13: 9780511057434
Print ISBN: 9780521806398

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