The philosophy and politics of aesthetic experience : German romanticism and critical theory / Nathan Ross.

Ross, Nathan, 1977- [Browse]
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
xv, 253 pages ; 22 cm.


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This book develops a philosophy of aesthetic experience through two socially significant philosophical movements: early German Romanticism and early critical theory. In examining the relationship between these two closely intertwined movements, we see that aesthetic experience is not merely a passive response to art-it is the capacity to cultivate true personal autonomy, and to critique the social and political context of our lives. Art is political for these thinkers, not only when it paints a picture of society, but even more when it makes us aware of our deeply ingrained forms of experience in a transformative way. Ultimately, the book argues that we have to think of art as a form of truth that is not reducible to communicative rationality or scientific knowledge, and from which philosophy and politics can learn valuable lessons.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction
  • Aesthetic semblance and play as responses to the disfigurement of human social existence in Schiller's Aesthetic education
  • Aesthetic experience at the limits of thought in Hölderlin's New letters on aesthetic education
  • The endless pursuit of universal sense in Friedrich Schlegel's political and aesthetic thought
  • Walter Benjamin's philosophy of critical experience: from the romantic artwork to the disillusioning of mimesis
  • Aesthetic truth as the mimesis of false consciousness in Adorno's Aesthetic theory
  • Conclusion: the Benjamin-Adorno debate on the nature of aesthetic experience.
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