Art and Enlightenment: Scottish Aesthetics in the 18th by Jonathan Friday

By Jonathan Friday

through the highbrow and cultural flowering of Scotland within the 18th century few matters attracted as a lot curiosity between males of letters as aesthetics - the examine of artwork from the subjective point of view of human adventure. the entire nice philosophers of the age - Hutcheson, Hume, Smith and Reid - addressed themselves to aesthetic questions. Their inquiries revolved round a cluster of concerns - the character of style, attractiveness and the chic, how qualitative transformations function upon the brain during the college of flavor, and the way aesthetic sensibility should be enhanced via schooling. This quantity brings jointly and offers contextual introductions to the main major 18th century writing at the philosophy of paintings. From the pioneering learn of attractiveness by way of Francis Hutcheson, via Hume's seminal essays at the regular of flavor and tragedy, to the top of the culture in Dugald Stewart, we're swept up within the debate approximately paintings and its price that involved the philosophers of enlightenment Scotland - and keeps to take action to this day.

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