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Herder's Naturalist Aesthetics

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  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108639552

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  • In this book, Rachel Zuckert provides the first overarching account of Johann Gottfried Herder's complex aesthetic theory. She guides the reader through Herder's texts, showing how they relate to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European philosophy of art, and focusing on two main concepts: aesthetic naturalism, the view that art is natural to and naturally valuable for human beings as organic, embodied beings, and - unusually for Herder's time - aesthetic pluralism, the view that aesthetic value takes many diverse and culturally varying forms. Zuckert argues that Herder's theory plays a pivotal role in the history of philosophical aesthetics, marking the transition from the eighteenth-century focus on aesthetic value as grounded in human nature to the nineteenth-century focus on art as socially significant and historically variable. Her study illuminates Herder's significance as an innovative thinker in aesthetics, and will interest a range of readers in philosophy of art and European thought.

    • Offers the first full-length exploration of Herder's significant contribution to the philosophy of aesthetics
    • Provides a naturalist interpretation of his work, examining his theory in the context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European philosophy of art
    • Includes discussion of specific texts to enable readers to better understand Herder's innovative approach to aesthetic theory
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108639552
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Herder's Aesthetics:
    1. Herder's philosophical naturalism
    2. Synthesis and critique of eighteenth-century aesthetics
    3. Aesthetics of the senses
    4. Aesthetics of expression: coda cultural variation and taste
    Part II. Explorations:
    5. The problem of the sublime
    6. Sculpture and touch
    7. Aesthetics and (in)authenticity: Herder's reputation of Ossian
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Rachel Zuckert, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Rachel Zuckert is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, Illinois. She is author of the prizewinning Kant on Beauty and Biology (Cambridge, 2007) and co-editor of Hegel on Philosophy in History (Cambridge, 2017).

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