Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
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For Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), art almost ranked with religion and philosophy in its power to reveal the fundamental nature of existence. But although he lived in the German golden age of Goethe, Schiller and Mozart, he also believed that art was in terminal decline.

To resolve this apparent paradox, as Michael Inwood explains in his incisive Introduction, w

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Published January 4th 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published 1835)
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I like Hegel. He's a nice breath of fresh air after Kant's prose. But I don't buy this idea of history being progressive. We continually repeat past mistakes (both literally and intellectually) so we need reminders through art. I think. But I'm no Hegel.
no, no, no: FIRST define, THEN critique

ah! now i see!
Good fun as an intellectual exercise, but not particularly applicable to real, live art.
Mediocre at best - Hegel basically has no idea what art is. Read Kant's lectures immediately after reading these in order to see very clearly the difference between genius and a vulgar mind today!
Egor Sofronov
Ennobling, lucid and radical. High Art essentially laid out in systematic fashion
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German philosopher and one of the founding figures of German Idealism. Influenced by Kant's transcendental idealism and Rousseau's politics, Hegel formulated an elaborate system of historical development of ethics, government, and religion through the dialectical unfolding of the Absolute. Hegel was one of the most well-known historicist philosopher, and his thought presaged continental philosophy...more
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“Beauty and art, no doubt, pervade all business of life like a kindly genius, and form the bright adornment of all our surroundings, both mental and material, soothing the sadness of our condition and the embarrassments of real life, killing time in entertaining fashion, and where there’s nothing to be achieved, occupying the place of what is vicious, better, at any rate, than vice.” 4 likes
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