Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays

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Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) was a leading German poet, and a philosopher of freedom. Schiller's work exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and the ideal of the truly educated, multilingual citizen of the world.

Schiller devoted himself not only to self-determination and freedom but also to the brotherhood of all people. The French Revolution borrowed many of Schiller's ideas for its declarations of freedom. Schiller was then made ...

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Overview

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) was a leading German poet, and a philosopher of freedom. Schiller's work exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and the ideal of the truly educated, multilingual citizen of the world.

Schiller devoted himself not only to self-determination and freedom but also to the brotherhood of all people. The French Revolution borrowed many of Schiller's ideas for its declarations of freedom. Schiller was then made an honorary citizen of France.

His first drama, Die Rauber, was published in 1781. It was performed the next year and its revolutionary appeal gained immediate success. Among Schiller's best-known works is An Die Freude, (Ode to Joy), later set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven in his Choral Symphony. The dramatic trilogy Wallenstein (1796-99) was set in the tumultuous period of the Thirty Years War. The historical drama Maria Stuart (1800) was about Queen Elizabeth I of England and the last days of Mary Queen of Scots, when she was held captive in the Castle of Fothernghay. In Wilhelm Tell (1803), about the Swiss hero of that name, Schiller paid tribute the dignity of men living close to nature. - "The mountain cannot frighten one who was born on it."

In 1791 he was forced to give up his professional duties because of illness. In the 1790s Schiller wrote philosophical poems and studies about philosophy and aesthetics. He assisted Goethe in Weimar in the direction of the Court Theater by adapting many plays for that stage. Schiller died on May 9, 1805, at the age of 46 in Weimar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499376975
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2014
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller; (10 November 1759 - 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788-1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Letters on the AEsthetical Education of Man 33
AEsthetical Essays
The Moral Utility of AEsthetic Manners 126
On the Sublime 135
The Pathetic 149
On Grace and Dignity 175
On Dignity 211
On the necessary Limitations in the Use of Beauty and Form 230
Reflections on the Use of the Vulgar and Low Elements in Works of Art 254
Detached Reflections on Different Questions of AEsthetics 261
On Simple and Sentimental Poetry 269
The Stage as a Moral Institution 339
On the Tragic Art 346
Of the Cause of the Pleasure we derive from Tragic Objects 367
Schiller's Philosophical Letters
Prefatory Remarks 379
Theosophy of Julius 387
On the Connection between the Animal and the Spiritual Nature in Man 406
Physical Connection 408
Philosophical Connection 415
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