By J. M. Bernstein

ISBN-10: 0521001110

ISBN-13: 9780521001113

ISBN-10: 0521806399

ISBN-13: 9780521806398

This 2002 quantity brings jointly significant works by means of German thinkers, writing simply ahead of and after Kant, who have been tremendously influential during this the most important interval of aesthetics. those texts comprise the 1st translation into English of Schiller's Kallias Letters and Moritz's at the creative Imitation of the gorgeous, including translations of a few of Hölderlin's most vital theoretical writings and works by way of Hamann, Lessing, Novalis and Schlegel. In a philosophical advent J. M. Bernstein strains the improvement of aesthetics from its nonetheless rationalist and mimetic building in Lessing, in the course of the confident construal of paintings and/or good looks because the visual appeal of human freedom within the paintings of Schiller, to Hölderlin's darker imaginative and prescient of artwork because the reminiscence of a misplaced harmony, and the diversities of that topic - of an most unlikely striving after the misplaced excellent - that are present in the paintings of Schlegel and Novalis.

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