Values of beauty : historical essays in aesthetics / Paul Guyer.

  • Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2005
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1 online resource (xxi, 359 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
  • 0-511-25286-2
  • 0-511-84087-X
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-352) and index.
  • English
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  • The origins of modern aesthetics: 1711-1735 -- The standard of taste and the 'most ardent desire of society' -- The harmony of the faculties revisited -- Beauty and utility in eighteenth-century aesthetics -- Free and adherent beauty: a modest proposal -- Kant on the purity of the ugly -- Beauty, freedom, and morality: Kant's lectures on anthropology and the development of his aesthetic theory -- The ethical value of the aesthetic: Kant, Alison, and Santayana -- The symbols of freedom in Kant's aesthetics -- Exemplary originality: genius, universality, and individuality -- Pleasure and knowledge in Schopenhauer's aesthetics -- From Jupiter's eagle to Warhol's boxes: the concept of art from Kant to Danto -- The value of a theory of beauty: Mary Mothersill's beauty restored.
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  • Values of Beauty, first published in 2005, discusses major ideas and figures in the history of aesthetics from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The core of the book features Paul Guyer's essays on the epochal contribution of Immauel Kant, and sets Kant's work in the context of predecessors, contemporaries, and successors including David Hume, Alexander Gerard, Archibald Alison, Arthur Schopenhauer, and John Stuart Mill All of the essays emphasize the complexity rather than isolation of our aesthetic experience of both nature and art; and the interconnection of aesthetic values such as beauty and sublimity on the one hand, and prudential and moral values on the other. Guyer emphasizes that the idea of the freedom of the imagination as the key to both artistic creation and aesthetic experience has been a common thread throughout the modern history of aesthetics, although the freedom of the imagination has been understood and connected to other forms of freedom in a variety of ways.

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