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The Insistence of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy after Early Modernity

The Insistence of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy after Early Modernity

Philosophers working on aesthetics have paid considerable attention to art and artists of the early modern period. Yet early modern artistic practices scarcely figure in recent work on the emergence of aesthetics as a branch of philosophy over the course the eighteenth century. This book addresses that gap, elaborating the extent to which artworks and practices of the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries were accompanied by an immense range of discussions about the arts and their relation to one another.

Rather than take art as a stand-in for or reflection of some other historical event or social phenomenon, this book treats art as a phenomenon in itself. The contributors suggest ways in which artworks and practices of the early modern period make aesthetic experience central to philosophical reflection, while also showing art’s need for philosophy.

Introduction: The Claim of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy and Early Modern Artistry

Chapter 1. Allegory, Poetic Theology, and Enlightenment Aesthetics

Chapter 2. Object Lessons: Reification and Renaissance Epitaphic Poetry

Chapter 3. How Do We Recognize Metaphysical Poetry?

Chapter 4. Literature, Prejudice, Historicity: The Philosophical Importance of Herder’s Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 5. Reaching Conclusions: Art and Philosophy in Hegel and Shakespeare

Chapter 6. “All Art Constantly Aspires to the Condition of Music”—Except the Art of Music: Reviewing the Contest of the Sister Arts

Chapter 7. The Beauty of Architecture at the End of the Seventeenth Century in Paris, Greece, and Rome

Chapter 8. Strokes of Wit: Theorizing Beauty in Baroque Italy

Chapter 9. Goya: Secularization and the Aesthetics of Belief

Chapter 10. Remembering Isaac: On the Impossibility and Immorality of Faith

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