Diotimas Children: German Aesthetic Rationalism from Leibniz to Lessing

Paperback | October 27, 2011

byFrederick C. Beiser

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Diotima's Children is a re-examination of the rationalist tradition of aesthetics which prevailed in Germany in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century. It is partly an historical survey of the central figures and themes of this tradition But it is also a philosophical defense of someof its leading ideas, viz., that beauty plays an integral role in life, that aesthetic pleasure is the perception of perfection, that aesthetic rules are inevitable and valuable. It shows that the criticisms of Kant and Nietzsche of this tradition are largely unfounded. The rationalist traditiondeserves re-examination because it is of great historical significance, marking the beginning of modern aesthetics, art criticism, and art history.

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Diotima's Children is a re-examination of the rationalist tradition of aesthetics which prevailed in Germany in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century. It is partly an historical survey of the central figures and themes of this tradition But it is also a philosophical defense of someof its leading ideas, viz., that beauty plays...

Frederick Beiser was educated at Oriel College Oxford (B.A. 1972-74) and Wolfson College Oxford (1975-1981). He has had several major research fellowships: NEH, Guggenheim, Thyssen and Humboldt and has taught at seven US universities: Harvard, Yale, Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Syracuse. He is currently Professor of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Reappraising Aesthetic Rationalism1. Leibniz and the Roots of Aesthetic Rationalism2. Wolff and the Birth of Aesthetic Rationalism3. Gottsched and the Highnoon of Rationalism4. The Poets' War5. Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics6. Winckelmann and Neo-Classicism7. Mendelssohn's Defense of Reason8. Lessing and Aesthetic RationalismBibliography