Aesthetics and subjectivity

By Andrew Bowie

Aesthetics and subjectivity
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  • Publish Date: Apr 2003
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5738-0
    • Pages: 360
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: April 2003


    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

    Aesthetics and subjectivity

    By Andrew Bowie

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