Drawing from ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary sources, this textbook offers a comprehensive and systematic historical overview of aesthetic theory.
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About the Author
Joseph J. Tanke is based at the University of Hawaii. He has published and lectured extensively on issues in Continental philosophy, with a special emphasis on aesthetics and politics, as well as the works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Rancière. Professor Tanke was recently named to the editorial board of Philosophy and Social Criticism, and his essays are currently being translated into two other languages. In addition to having studied philosophy in both the United States and Europe, Joseph holds a degree in art history and has worked for several art institutions.
Colin McQuillan is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, USA. He has studied at the Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic and the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle (Saale), Germany, in addition to conducting archival research in Marburg, Göttingen, and Berlin, Germany.
Table of Contents
Plato, Republic, Book II and Book X.
Aristotle, The Poetics.
Longinus, On Great Writing (On the Sublime).
Augustine, The Confessions.
Boethius, The Consolations of Philosophy.
Early Modern Sources
Nicolas Boileau, The Art of Poetry.
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Early of Shaftesbury, Soliloquy, or Advice to an Author.
René Du Bos, Critical Reflections on Poetry and Painting.
Francis Hutcheson, An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue.
Johann Christoph Gottsched, Critical Poetics.
Johann Jakob Bodmer and Johann Jakob Breitinger, Critical Treatise on the Miraculous in Poetry.
Charles Batteux, The Fine Arts.
Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Aesthetics.
David Hume, Of the Standard of Taste.
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Laocoön.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Hamburg Dramaturgy.
Moses Mendelssohn, On Sentiments.
Immanuel Kant, 'Analytic of the Beautiful' and 'Analytic of the Sublime' from The Critique of Judgment.
Friedrich Schiller, Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, (Letters 1-4 and 9-16).
Novalis, Miscellaneous Remarks.
F.W.J. Schelling, The Philosophy of Art.
Hegel, Schelling, Hölderlin, 'Oldest Programme For a System of German Idealism.'
G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Art.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music, (Sections 1-17).
The Will to Power, (sections on the Will to Power as Art).
Charles Baudelaire, 'The Painter of Modern Life.'
Paul Valéry, selected essays and aphorisms on art
Walter Benjamin, 'The Work of Art in the Age of Its Mechanical Reproducibility.'
Clement Greenberg, 'Avant Garde and Kitsch,' and 'Modernist Painting.'
Martin Heidegger, 'The Origin of the Work of Art.'
Meyer Shapiro, 'The Still Life as Personal Object.'
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 'Eye and Mind.'
Herbert Marcuse, The Aesthetic Dimension.
Michel Foucault, 'This is Not a Pipe.'
Arthur Danto, 'After the End of Art.'
Cornel West, 'The New Politics of Cultural Difference.'
Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism.
bell hooks, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics.
Jacques Derrida, The Truth in Painting, (selections from 'Restitutions').
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Muses.
Jean-François Lyotard, 'The Sublime and the Avant-Garde,' from The Inhuman.
Laura Mulvey, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.'
Christine Battersby, Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics.
Alexander Nehamas, 'An Essay on Beauty and Judgment.'
Dave Hickey, 'Enter the Dragon,' from The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty.
Alain Badiou, 'Art and Philosophy,' from Handbook of Inaesthetics.
Jacques Rancière, 'The Aesthetic Revolution and Its Outcomes,' and 'The Emancipated Spectator.'