Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Bernard Bosanquet Michael Inwood

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Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics

Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here For Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel art almost ranked with religion and philosophy in its power to reveal the fundamental

  • Title: Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
  • Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Bernard Bosanquet Michael Inwood
  • ISBN: 9780140433357
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.For Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770 1831 , art almost ranked with religion and philosophy in its power to reveal the fundamental nature of existence But although he lived in the German golden age of Goethe, Schiller and Mozart, he also believed that art was in terminal decline.To resolve this appareLibrarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.For Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770 1831 , art almost ranked with religion and philosophy in its power to reveal the fundamental nature of existence But although he lived in the German golden age of Goethe, Schiller and Mozart, he also believed that art was in terminal decline.To resolve this apparent paradox, as Michael Inwood explains in his incisive Introduction, we must understand the particular place of aesthetics in Hegel s vast intellectual edifice Its central pillars consist of logic, philosophy of nature and philosophy of spirit Art derives its value from offering a sensory vision of the God like absolute, from its harmonious fusion of form and content, and from summing up the world view of an age such as Homer s While it scaled supreme heights in ancient Greece, Hegel doubted art s ability to encompass Christian belief or the reflective irony characteristic of modern societies Many such challenging ideas are developed in this superb treatise it counts among the most stimulating works of a master thinker.Table of ContentsIntroductory Lectures on Aesthetics Introduction A Note on the Translation and CommentaryINTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON AESTHETICSChapter I The Range of Aesthetic Defined, and Some Objections against the Philosophy of Art Refuted Aesthetic confined to Beauty of Art Does Art merit Scientific Treatment Is Scientific Treatment appropriate to Art Answer to Answer to Chapter II Methods of Science Applicable to Beauty and Art 1 Empirical Method Art scholarship a Its Range b It generates Rules and Theories c The Rights of Genius2 Abstract Reflection3 The Philosophical Conception of Artistic Beauty, general notion of Chapter III The Conception of Artistic BeautyPart I The Work of Art as Made and as Sensuous1 Work of Art as Product of Human Activity a Conscious Production by Rule b Artistic Inspiration c Dignity of Production by Man d Man s Need to produce Works of Art 2 Work of Art as addressed to Man s Sense a Object of Art Pleasant Feeling b Feeling of Beauty Taste c Art scholarship d Profounder Consequences of Sensuous Nature of Art Relations of the Sensuous to the Mind Desire Theory Sensuous as Symbol of Spiritual The Sensuous Element, how Present in the Artist The Content of Art Sensuous Part II The End of Art3 The Interest or End of Art a Imitation of Nature Mere Repetition of Nature is Superfluous Imperfect Amusing Merely as Sleight of Hand What is Good to Imitate Some Arts cannot be called Imitative b Humani nihil c Mitigation of the Passions How Art mitigates the Passions How Art purifies the Passions It must have a Worthy Content But ought not to be Didactic Nor explicitly addressed to a Moral Purpose d Art has its own Purpose as Revelation of Truth Chapter IV Historical Deducation of the True Idea of Art in Modern Philosophy1 Kant a Pleasure in Beauty not Appetitive b Pleasure in Beauty Universal c The Beautiful in its Teleological Aspect d Delight in the Beautiful necessary though felt 2 Schiller, Winckelmann, Schelling3 The IronyChapter V Division of the Subject 1 The Condition of Artistic Presentation is the Correspondence of Matter and Plastic Form2 Part I The Ideal3 Part II The Types of Art Symbolic Art Classical Art Romantic Art4 Part III The Several Arts Architecture Sculpture Romantic Art, comprising i Painting ii Music iii Poetry5 Conclusion Commentary

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    1. David Withun on said:

      In his lectures on aesthetics, Hegel attempts to formulate a theory of the fine arts that will place them within the paradigm of his wider philosophy of history. Art, he says, is on the decline, but this is not altogether a bad thing as it is an indication of the increasing centrality of the mind in a purer form. The movement of the spirit, he says, has led us to an epoch in which is it is no longer necessary as it once was to embody our thoughts within the material order. While it would be diff [...]

    2. Whitney on said:

      I like Hegel. He's a nice breath of fresh air after Kant's prose. But I don't buy this idea of history being progressive. We continually repeat past mistakes (both literally and intellectually) so we need reminders through art. I think. But I'm no Hegel.

    3. John Calvelli on said:

      Prior to this book I read Zizek's 1000 page book on Hegel. This short and intense book was very helpful, as it embodied Hegel's thought and the dialectic in a concise form.

    4. Nandini Goel on said:

      "Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics" by "Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel" is a fine piece of work which speaks about "art", how it flourished, how it has taken different turns in the history and how its end is approaching. According to Hegel, Art can flourish the best only when it is given equal importance as compared to religion and philosophy. He believes that art is based on an Idea or a concept. He also continuously argues that the Greek art (which he calls classic art) was the period when ar [...]

    5. Eslam on said:

      حديث هيجل عن العلاقة بين الجمال الطبيعي والجمال الفني مهم جداً لكن كان صعب عليَّ جداً فهم الكثير من الجمل خصوصاً بعد تجاوز منتصف الكتاب . عندنا أزمة في الترجمة بلا شك، ناهيك عن إن الترجمة خيانة "مبدعة" للنص كما أنه بالطبع لا يمكن لنا تجاهل طلب الفلاسفة من هيجل أن تكون لغته أخف [...]

    6. Noé Ajo caamaño on said:

      Tremenda construcción metafísica Hegeliana. Necesaria para comprender gran parte de la historia de la filosofía e incluso de la ciencia posterior a él. Uno de aquellos errores no confundentes, un error tan fértil, que estamos autorizados a agradecérselo al autor. Equivocarse así es un privilegio.

    7. Kate on said:

      Good fun as an intellectual exercise, but not particularly applicable to real, live art.

    8. Karl Hallbjörnsson on said:

      I'm gonna have to read this one again someday, preferably in a philosophy course at school - but don't get me wrong, I felt that I understood the otherwise clunky and obscure text well enough - I simply would like to partake in discussions regarding the subject matter. I'll take up some more Hegel soon, I think. He has an intoxicatingly grand view of the universe and our role in it.

    9. Cris on said:

      Not what I hoped for. Written to cull the support of a prince, this book spends much more time talking about Art as a tool for keeping society moral. Interesting but not what I was after. I guess the purposeful use of art as tool by a state offends me.

    10. Majed on said:

      أصنفه كمرجع لمواضيع الفن و الجمال ( الموجودة في الفهرس ) ولكنه ثقيل كونه كتاب يُقرأ

    11. HuDa AljaNabi on said:

      نفتقر هنا الى خاصية الترجمة الجيدة وكتب المطالعة.هذا الكتاب ليس للمطالعة هو للدراسة حصراً!يصعب عليك إستعياب كلّ ماجاء فيه حتى ولو ركزت في غرفتك العزولة والفارغة الا من فنجان قهوة او شاي!

    12. Egor Sofronov on said:

      Ennobling, lucid and radical. High Art essentially laid out in systematic fashion

    13. Sam K on said:

      الجمال الإنسان أسمى من الطبيعي لأنه من نتاجات الروح علم الجمال حسب هيغل

    14. Jesse on said:

      Mediocre at best - Hegel basically has no idea what art is. Read Kant's lectures immediately after reading these in order to see very clearly the difference between genius and a vulgar mind today!

    15. Aarón Zurbano on said:

      La puntuación va para mi en vez de para el libro por no haber entendido nada

    16. Lorraine on said:

      boring prose style. utterly crazy, but for that reason -- productive to think about.

    17. Sara Aljoughiman on said:

      ترجمة الكتاب ليست جيدة. بالرغم من أني أتفق مع رأي هيجل عن المحاكاة؛ أنها ليست الهدف الرئيسي للفن، ولا ينحصر الفن في المحاكاة فقط، إذ أنه فيه من بعض من القيود للفن الحر، نعم المحاكاة ليست هدف رئيسي ولكن لا ننكر كونها فن، كثير من لوح المحاكاة للطبيعة استغرق المُشاهد بالتأمل بها [...]

    18. Sophie on said:

      Une bouffée d'oxygène dans la pensée philosophique plutôt clairvoyante ici!

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