The essays during this ebook examine the complicated and infrequently contradictory relationships among aesthetics and modernity from the past due Enlightenment within the 1790s to the Frankfurt college within the Nineteen Sixties and interact with the vintage German culture of socio-cultural and aesthetic thought that extends from Friedrich Schiller to Theodor W. Adorno. whereas modern discussions in aesthetics are frequently ruled by way of summary philosophical ways, this e-book embeds aesthetic thought in broader social and cultural contexts and considers quite a lot of inventive practices in literature, drama, song and visible arts. Contributions contain learn on Schiller’s writings and his paintings with regards to ethical sentimentalism, Romantic aesthetics, Friedrich Schlegel, Beethoven, Huizinga and Greenberg; philosophers similar to Kierkegaard, Benjamin, Heidegger and Adorno; and thematic methods to Darwinism and Naturalism, glossy tragedy, postmodern realism and philosophical anthropology from the eighteenth century to the current day. This ebook is predicated on papers given at a world symposium held less than the auspices of the collage of Nottingham on the Institute of German and Romance reviews, London, in September 2009.
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4 Descartes had interpreted the scientific revolution of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo in intellectualist terms, and required investigations of nature to engage in more geometrico in order to reveal the rational laws of the world. The Enlightenment abolishes this constraint. Now the res cogitans focuses not just on external nature and the rational laws that govern the res extensa, but increasingly on the inner nature and mental processes of human beings themselves. The emergent monism of the Enlightenment starts to understand reason with increasing reference to the senses, ultimately characterizing it as being in thrall to the sexual drive and the interests of the powerful.
The Invisible Hand: Schiller’s Media Aesthetics of Modernity 35 seer called Sicilian, recognizing them to be mere deceptions generated by various media and information technologies. In order to do so, the Prince needs to be acquainted with the laws of external nature, namely physics, optics and mechanics, as well as medicine and the state of transport links and news transmission in Europe, and must then apply this knowledge. However, the Prince doesn’t only manage to see through the tricks of the stooge Sicilian.
R. 15 His remark might seem to suggest hostility to the aesthetic on the part of a naïvely moralist and literalistic critic. But the opposite is the case. Leavis had a radical commitment to the specialness of the imaginative experience involved in a literary engagement with language and, by the 13 14 15 Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations, 168. Nietzsche, Twilight, 90, trans. modified. Leavis, The Common Pursuit, 89. 22 Michael Bell same token, had an almost unbearably urgent sense of what it meant to engage the living values at stake within it.
Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to the Frankfurt School