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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, which were formerly regarded as practices possessing a proper method, but then came to be seen as practices allowing the pursuit of alternative styles. 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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1. The style of method: repression and representation in the genealogy of philosophy B. Lang; 2. Style in painting R. Wollheim; 3. Stylistic strategies in William Hogarth's theatrical satires M. K. Lindberg; 4. Style in architecture J. Mordaunt Crook; 5. Par le style on atteint au sublime: the meaning of the term style in French architectural theory of the late eighteenth century C. A. Van Eck; 6. Aesthetic forms of philosophising L. Wiesing; 7. Style and community S. Kemal; 8. Metaphor and paradox in Toqueville's analysis of democracy F. R. Ankersmit; 9. The formation of styles: science and the applied arts J. W. McAllister; 10. Beyond the mannered: the question of style in philosophy or questionable styles of philosophy N. Davey; 11. Style and subjective agency C. Altieri; 12. Style and innocence: lost, regained, and lost again? D. Franck; Appendix; Index.

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