Aesthetics and subjectivity from Kant to Nietzsche
- Andrew Bowie.
- Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1990.
- Physical description
- viii, 284 p. ; 23 cm.
- Bowie, Andrew, 1952-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction: aesthetics and modernity
- aesthetics and post-modernity. Part 1 Modern philosophy and the emergence of aesthetic theory - Kant: self-consciousness, knowledge and freedom
- the unity of the subject
- the unification of nature
- the purpose of beauty
- the limits of beauty. Part 2 German idealism and early German Romanticism: the "new mythology"
- the romantic "new mythology". Part 3 Reflections on the subject - Fichte, Holderlin and Novalis. Part 4 Schelling - art as the "organ of philosophy": the development of consciousness
- the structure of the "system of transcendental idealism"
- the aesthetic absolute
- mythology, art and language
- mythology, language and being. Part 5 Hegel - the beginning of aesthetic theory and the end of art: the reflexive absolute
- music and the idea
- language, consciousness and being
- the idea as sensuous appearance
- the prose of the modern world
- aesthetics and non-identity. Part 6 Schleiermacher - aesthetics and hermeneutics: individuality
- immediate self-consciousness
- art as free production
- interpretation as art
- literature and the "musical". Part 7 Music, language and literature: language and music
- Hegel and music - the sayable and the unsayable
- the presence of music
- infinite reflection and music. Part 8 Nietzsche - the divorce of art and reason: Schopenhauer - the world as embodied music
- Marx, myth and art
- art, myth and music in "The Birth of Tragedy"
- myth, music and language
- the illusion of truth
- music and metaphysics
- aesthetics, interpretation and subjectivity. Appendix: the so-called "oldest system-programme of German idealism" (1796).
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- Publisher's summary
Contemporary philosophy and literary theory are based upon German philosophy from Kant onwards. Drawing on recent German theory, the author recoinsiders the path of German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche, in relation to consciousness, aesthetics and language. He provides interpretations of Kant, Fichte, the early Romantics, Schelling, Hegel, Schleiermacher and Nietzsche, telling a different story of modernity to the one current in many areas of the humanities. The book traces the beginnings of modern debates on aesthetics and politics, as well as the origins of modern hermeneutics, paying attention to the significance of music in modern philosophy. "Aesthetics and subjectivity" relates the issues dealt with to contemporary theoretical concerns and aims to provide an introduction to a still little understood tradition of thought. It will be of interest to teachers and advanced students in the humanities, particularly literature and philosophy.
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