The Genealogy of Aesthetics

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Cambridge University Press, 2002. 8. 15. - 439페이지
Is it body or spirit that makes us appreciate beauty and create art? The distinguished Canadian critic Ekbert Faas argues that, with occasional exceptions like Montaigne and Mandeville, the mainstream of western thinking about beauty from Plato onwards has overemphasised the spirit, or even execrated the body and sexuality as inimical to the aesthetic disposition. The Genealogy of Aesthetics redresses this imbalance via a radical re-reading of seminal thinkers like Plato, Augustine, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger and Derrida. Professor Faas attacks both the traditional and postmodern consensus, and offers a new pro-sensualist aesthetics, heavily influenced by Nietzsche, that draws on contemporary neo-Darwinian cognitive science. A work of both polemic and considerable learning, The Genealogy of Aesthetics marks a radical new departure in thinking about art, of interest to all serious students of the humanities and cognitive sciences, which no future work in this field can afford to ignore.
 

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Introduction
1
Platos transvaluation of aesthetic values
15
ProtoNietzschean opponents to Plato
28
Late antiquity Plotinus and Augustine
40
Augustines Platonopolis
52
The Middle Ages
64
The Renaissance
75
The Renaissance Academy Ficino Montaigne and Shakespeare
93
Marxs Nietzschean moment
182
Heideggers destruction of traditional aesthetics
199
Heidegger contra Nietzsche
214
Heidegger Nietzsche and Derrida
229
Différance Freud Nietzsche and Artaud
241
Derridas megatranscendentalist mimēsis
257
Postmodern or preNietzschean? Derrida Lyotard
272
The postmodern revival of the aesthetic ideal
286

Hobbes and Shaftesbury
110
Mandeville Burke Hume and Erasmus Darwin
121
Kants ethicoteleological aesthetics
138
Kants midlife conversion
155
Hegel Feuerbach and Marx
169
Notes
318
References
388
Index
413
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EKBERT FAAS is Professor of Humanities and Graduate English at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has published very widely as both critic (e.g. Shakespeare's Poetics, Cambridge, 1986), biographer (Robert Creeley: a biography) and novelist (The Revolutionist and Mengele's Friend).

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