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

ISBN: 9780521066839

Published: June 19th 2008

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268 pages


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Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art  by  Paul Mattick Jr.

Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art by Paul Mattick Jr.
June 19th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 268 pages | ISBN: 9780521066839 | 9.47 Mb

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 beenMoreThis 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.



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