Aesthetics and subjectivity

By Andrew Bowie

Aesthetics and subjectivity


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5738-0
  • Pages: 360
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: April 2003
  • BIC Category: Humanities / History of Western philosophy, Humanities / Philosophy: aesthetics, HISTORY / Medieval, PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics, European history: medieval period, middle ages, History of philosophy, philosophical traditions, History


New, completely revised and re-written edition. Offers a detailed but accessible account of the vital German philosophical tradition of thinking about art and the self. Looks at recent historical research and contemporary arguments in philosophy and theory in the humanities, following the path of German philosophy from Kant, via Fichte and Holderlin, the early Romantics, Schelling, Hegel, Schleiermacher, to Nietzsche. Develops the approaches to subjectivity, aesthetics, music and language in relation to new theoretical developments bridging the divide between the continental and analytical traditions of philosophy. The huge growth of interest in German philosophy as a resource for re-thinking both literary and cultural theory, and contemporary philosophy will make this an indispensable read


Aesthetics and modernity
Aesthetics and 'post-modernity'

1. Modern Philosophy and the Emergence of Aesthetic Theory: Kant
Self-consciousness, knowledge and freedom
The unification of nature
The purpose of beauty
The limits of beauty

2. German Idealism and Early German Romanticism
Thinking the Infinite
A 'new mythology'

3. Reflections on the Subject: Fichte, Holderlin and Novalis
Self and Other

4. Schelling: Art and the 'Organ of Philosophy'
Nature and philosophy
The development of consciousness
Intuition and concept
The 'organ of philosophy'
Mythology, art and modernity
Mythology, language and being

5. Hegel: the beginning of Aesthetic Theory and the end of Art
Which Hegel?
Music and the Idea
Language, consciousness and being
The Idea as sensuous appearance
The prose of the modern world
Philosophy and art after Hegel

6. Schleiermacher: Art and Interpretation
The 'art of disagreement'
Immediate self-consciousness
Art as free production: 'individual' and 'identical' activity
Hemeneutics as art
Literature and the 'musical'

7. Music, Language and Literature
Language and music
Hegel and Romanticism: music, logos, and feeling
The 'presence' of music
'Infinite reflection' and music

8. Nietzsche and the Fate of Romantic Thought
The Old and the New Nietzsches
Schopenhauer: Music as Metaphysics
Marx, mythology, and art
Art, myth, and music in 'The Birth of Tragedy'
Myth, music, and language
The illusion of truth
Music and metaphysics
Aesthetics , 'interpretation', and subjectivity

The so-called
'Oldest System Programme of German Idealism'



Andrew Bowie is Chair of German at Royal Holloway University of London

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