Selected Writings on Aesthetics

Princeton University Press (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

A seminal figure in the philosophy of history, culture, and language, Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) also produced some of the most important and original works in the history of aesthetic theory. A student of Kant, he spent much of his life striving to reconcile the opposing poles of Enlightenment thought represented by his early mentors. His ideas influenced Hegel, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Dilthey, J. S. Mill, and Goethe. This book presents most of Herder's important writings on aesthetics, including the main sections of one of his major untranslated works, Kritische Wälder (Critical Forests). These notes, essays, and treatises, the majority of which appear here in English for the first time, show this idiosyncratic thinker both deeply rooted in the controversies of his day and pointing the way to future developments in aesthetics. Chosen to reflect the extent and diversity of Herder's concerns, the texts cover such topics as the psychology and physiology of aesthetic perception, the classification of the arts, taste, Shakespeare, the classical tradition, and the relationship between art and morality. Few thinkers have reflected so sensitively and productively on the cultural, historical, anthropological, ethical, and theological dimensions of art and the creative process. With this book, the importance of aesthetics to the evolution and texture of Herder's own thought, as well as his profound contribution to that discipline, comes fully into view.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,322

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Selected Writings on Aesthetics.Johann Gottfried Herder - 2006 - Princeton University Press.
Selected Writings on Aesthetics.K. Arens - 2007 - British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (3):324-326.
Aesthetics.James O. Young (ed.) - 2005 - New York: Routledge.
Descartes: selected philosophical writings.René Descartes - 1988 - New York: Cambridge University Press. Edited by J. References Cottingham, R. Stoothoff & D. Murdoch.

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-01-20

Downloads
22 (#684,548)

6 months
8 (#341,144)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Kant's Musical Antiformalism.James O. Young - 2020 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (2):171-182.
Nietzsche on morality as a “sign language of the affects”.Michael N. Forster - 2017 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 60 (1-2):165-188.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references