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Hegel's Aesthetics


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Introduction Part I: Art and the Idea Chapter One: Truth and Beauty: Art as the Sensuous Appearance of the Idea Part II: The Particular Forms of Art Chapter Two: Symbolic Art: The Distant Divine Chapter Three: Classical Art: The Embodied Divine Chapter Four: Romantic Art: The Human Divine Chapter Five: The Dissolution and Future of the Particular Arts Part III: The System of the Individual Arts Chapter Six: Externality as Symbol: Architecture Chapter Seven: Individuality Embodied: Sculpture Chapter Eight: Subjectivity in Retreat: Painting Chapter Nine: The Sound of Feeling: Music Chapter Ten: The Language of Inner Imagination: Poetry Chapter Eleven: Embodied Reconciliation: Poetic Subgenres and the End of the Individual Arts Conclusion

About the Author

Lydia Moland is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. She is the author of Hegel on Political Identity (Northwestern University Press, 2011) and the editor of All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (Springer, 2018). She has published articles on Hegel's political and aesthetic philosophy, the playwright and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, and the American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child. She is the recipient of grants from the NEH, the ACLS, and the American Academy in Berlin.


"...Moland...argues that a better understanding of Hegel's aesthetics allows one to have a better vantage point for a more comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for his idealism and its role in the history of art...Unique to the book is Moland's examination of particular forms of art and of particular works of art that contributed to Hegel's own thoughts on aesthetics and idealism. Indeed the book includes several pages of artwork that factored into the development of his thought. Moland engages in fascinating commentary on these pieces of art and how they must all be seen as contributing to a holistic Hegelian picture. This book will be of great use to those working on Hegel's aesthetics and his metaphysics and philosophy of mind and psychology. Those unfamiliar with Hegel will find the book a useful overview of Hegel's thought and his place in the philosophical tradition." -- CHOICE "Lydia Moland's book is a significant achievement. It is the first comprehensive interpretation in English of Hegel's aesthetics, and in its philosophical sophistication and historical erudition far surpasses its predecessors. Moland is fearless and tenacious in facing the many problems that arise in understanding Hegel's aesthetics, and she offers solutions to them that scholars will need to consider." -- Frederick Beiser, Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University "Lydia Moland's new book will be the go-to commentary on Hegel's Aesthetics. She combines a comprehensive and systematic treatment of the book as a whole with a sharp sense of contemporary issues about art, its value, and our experience of it. Her reading establishes Hegel's Aesthetics as the single most important book in the history of the philosophy of art -- the one that is such that grappling with it enables one to engage more productively with a wider range of topics and problems about art than any other single book. This is a major achievement" -- Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

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