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Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art - Paul Mattick

Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art

By: Paul Mattick (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521431064
Number Of Pages: 268

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This collection of essays explores the rise of aesthetics as a response to, and as a part of, the reshaping of the arts in modern society. The theories of art developed under the name of 'aesthetics' in the eighteenth century have traditionally been understood as contributions to a field of study in existence since the time of Plato. If art is a practice to be found in all human societies, then the philosophy of art is the search for universal features of that practice, which can be stated in definitions of art and beauty. However, art as we know it - the system of 'fine arts' - is largely peculiar to modern society. Aesthetics, far from being a perennial discipline, emerged in an effort both to understand and to shape this new social practice. These essays share the conviction that aesthetic ideas can be fully understood when seen not only in relation to intellectual and social contexts, but as themselves constructed in history.

Disinterestedness and denial of the particular: Locke, Adam Smith, and the subject of aesthetics
The beginnings of 'aesthetics' and the Leibnizian conception of sensation
Of the scandal of taste: social privilege as nature in the aesthetic theories of
Why did Kant call taste a 'common sense'?
Art and money
'Art' as a weapon in cultural politics: rereading Schiller's Aesthetic
Thinking about genius in the eighteenth century
Creation, aesthetics, market: origins of the modern concept of art
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ISBN: 9780521431064
ISBN-10: 0521431069
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 28th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56