By contextualizing Walter Pater's aestheticism alongside Alexandre Kojeve's and Georges Bataille's readings of Hegelianism, this book shows that Pater's aestheticism constitutes both a philosophy of death and at the same time a philosophy of the impossibility of death.
Introduction: Pater's Reading and Rereading of Hegel 1. The Hegelian Structure of Pater's 'Reconsidered' Aestheticism 2. The Philosophy of (the Impossibility of) Death 3. The Imaginary Portraits 4. Autobiography and the Writing of Death 5. Conclusion: The Ideology of Aestheticism