The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts

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The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed a change in the perception of the arts and of philosophy. In the arts this transition occurred around 1800, with, for instance, the breakdown of Vitruvianism in architecture; in philosophy the foundationalism of which Descartes and Spinoza were paradigmatic representatives, which presumed that philosophy and the sciences possessed a method of ensuring the demonstration of truths, was undermined by the idea asserted by Nietzsche and Wittgenstein that there exist alternative styles of enquiry among which a choice is open. The essays in this book examine the circumstances, features, and consequences of this historical transition, exploring in particular new aspects and instances of the interrelatedness of content and its formal representation in both the arts and philosophy.
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"...this book reminds us that style has always played a role in philosophical writing despite claims to the contrary. Not only does it show that philosophy has influenced the arts, but that the arts might hold the key to understanding style in philosophical writing." Jeffrey R. DiLeo, Philosophy and Literature
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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 The style of method: repression and representation in the genealogy of philosophy 18
2 Style in painting 37
3 Stylistic strategies in William Hogarth's theatrical satires 50
4 Style in architecture: the historical origins of the dilemma 70
5 Par le style on atteint au sublime: the meaning of the term 'style' in French architectural theory of the late eighteenth century 89
6 Aesthetic forms of philosophising 108
7 Style and community 124
8 Metaphor and paradox in Toqueville's analysis of democracy 141
9 The formation of styles: science and the applied arts 157
10 Beyond the mannered: the question of style in philosophy or questionable styles in philosophy 177
11 Personal style as articulate intentionality 201
12 Style and innocence - lost, regained - and lost again? 220
Appendix: On the theatre of marionettes H. von Kleist 235
Index 242
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