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Selected Writings on Aesthetics - Johann Gottfried Herder

Selected Writings on Aesthetics

Hardcover Published: 23rd July 2006
ISBN: 9780691115955
Number Of Pages: 480

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A seminal figure in the philosophy of history, culture, and language, Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) also produced some of the most important and original works in the history of aesthetic theory. A student of Kant, he spent much of his life striving to reconcile the opposing poles of Enlightenment thought represented by his early mentors. His ideas influenced Hegel, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Dilthey, J. S. Mill, and Goethe.

This book presents most of Herder's important writings on aesthetics, including the main sections of one of his major untranslated works, "Kritische Walder" (Critical Forests). These notes, essays, and treatises, the majority of which appear here in English for the first time, show this idiosyncratic thinker both deeply rooted in the controversies of his day and pointing the way to future developments in aesthetics. Chosen to reflect the extent and diversity of Herder's concerns, the texts cover such topics as the psychology and physiology of aesthetic perception, the classification of the arts, taste, Shakespeare, the classical tradition, and the relationship between art and morality.

Few thinkers have reflected so sensitively and productively on the cultural, historical, anthropological, ethical, and theological dimensions of art and the creative process. With this book, the importance of aesthetics to the evolution and texture of Herder's own thought, as well as his profound contribution to that discipline, comes fully into view.

Industry Reviews

"Herder, a major figure in 18th-Century Germany's burgeoning studies in aesthetics, is here given ample scope on which to base critical judgment. Moore's Johann Gottfried Herder presents excerpts from some of Herder's most important writings, much of it translated into English for the first time. An important contribution to our knowledge of the history and origins of aesthetics."--Art Times "These excellent translations make some of Herder's most original and important contributions to aesthetics available to English readers for the first time."--Choice "To read [Herder] in this superb compilation is to encounter a vivid presence, one whose fingertips still seem fresh from the touch of truth."--Eric Ormsby New York Sun "I would strongly recommend scholars and librarians to acquire this important volume. It will be particularly useful in courses on eighteenth-century aesthetics for students without a command of German. Its readers will have the opportunity to discover an aesthetic thinker of the stature and originality of Lessing and Diderot."--K. F. Hilliard, Modern Language Association

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Note on the Textsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Is the Beauty of the Body a Herald of the Beauty of the Soul?p. 31
A Monument to Baumgartenp. 41
Critical Forests, or Reflections on the Art and Science of the Beautiful: First Grove, Dedicated to Mr. Lessing's Laocoouml;np. 51
Critical Forests: Fourth Grove, On Riedel's Theory of the Beaux Artsp. 177
Shakespearep. 291
The Causes of Sunken Taste among the Different Peoples in Whom It Once Blossomedp. 308
On the Influence of the Belles Lettres on the Higher Sciencesp. 335
Does Painting or Music Have a Greater Effect? A Divine Colloquyp. 347
On Image, Poetry, and Fablep. 357
Editor's Notesp. 383
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 449
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ISBN: 9780691115955
ISBN-10: 0691115958
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 23rd July 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.41  x 3.58
Weight (kg): 0.82