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On Hume and Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics
This study is an original approach to the notion of -golden mean- in eighteenth-century culture. It bravely combines intellectual history and material history, spanning the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, painting, sociology, optics, music, theater and garden history in an effort to cross the borders of academic writing, in the stylistic treatment of the subject. ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
(first published March 1995)
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On Human and Eighteenth Century Aesthetics is a bit of an odd book. The first half focuses squarely on Hume’s essays on aesthetics and ethics, but the second half is a longish explication of the aesthetics of English gardens of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The issue with this is not so much that the second half is poorly reasoned or developed; rather the digression into English gardens never really returns to Hume’s philosophy. Aside from continuously repeating to myself the wayward ...more