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Hegel and Aesthetics

Leading scholars consider Hegel's philosophy of art and its contemporary significance.
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Table of Contents

Introduction William Maker I Art and the Absolute Revisited: The Neglect of Hegel's Aesthetics William Desmond II Hegel's Concept of the Dissolution of Art Carl Rapp III Hegel's Aesthetic and the Possibility of Art Criticism Brian K. Etter IV Art As a Mode of Thought: Hegel's Aesthetics and the Origins of Modernism Jere Surber V Presidential Address: Hegel and the Art of Painting Stephen Houlgate VI The Spirit of Gravity: Architecture and Externality David Kolb VII The Challenge of Architecture to Hegel's Aesthetics Richard Dien Winfield VIII Hegel and the Spirit of Comedy: Der Geist der stets verneint Stephen C. Law IX Squaring the Romantic Circle: Hegel's Critique of Schlegel's Theories of Art Judith Norman X Modernity and the Crisis of Aesthetic Representation in Hegel's Early Writings Martin Gammon XI Aesthetic Education and the Aesthetic State: Hegel's Response to Schiller Andrew G. Fiala XII The Logic of Art: Beauty and Nature Edward Halper About the Contributors Index

About the Author

William Maker is Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Clemson University. He is the author of Philosophy without Foundations: Rethinking Hegel, also published by SUNY Press, and editor of Hegel on Economics and Freedom.


"...challenging and informative ... very useful for faculty and graduate students of philosophy and art ... William Maker provides a useful introductory essay to the conceptual and systemic foundations of Hegel's philosophy of art." - CHOICE "This book fills a glaring void, both in Hegel scholarship and, equally important, in contemporary discussions of aesthetics. The contributors make the case that Hegel's philosophy of art has something important to contribute to contemporary debates and that it has been unjustly ignored." - Katharina Dulckeit, Butler University "Hegel and Aesthetics makes a serious contribution to the re-evaluation of Hegel's philosophy of art and its contemporary significance. The essays provide readers unfamiliar with the work of leading figures a good introduction to their work, demonstrate the vitality of Hegel's thought for the work of scholars who may not typically be identified as Hegel scholars, and provide representative examples of current work by younger scholars who clearly see the value of engaging themselves with Hegel's philosophy of art." - Jon Mark Mikkelsen, Missouri Western State College

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