While the current philosophical debate surrounding Hegelâ€™s aesthetics focuses heavily on the philosopherâ€™s controversial â€˜end of artâ€™ thesis, its participants rarely give attention to Hegelâ€™s ideas on the nature of beauty and its relation to art. This study seeks to remedy this oversight by placing Hegelâ€™s views on beauty front and center. Peters asks us to rethink the common assumption that Hegelian beauty is exclusive to art and argues that for Hegel beauty, like art, is subject to historical development. Her careful analysis of Hegelâ€™s notion of beauty not only has crucial implications for our understanding of the â€˜end of artâ€™ and Hegelâ€™s aesthetics in general, but also sheds light on other fields of Hegelâ€™s philosophy, in particular his anthropology and aspects of his ethical thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Anthropological Roots of Beauty 2. Hegel on Beauty, Nature and Art: Towards a Novel Interpretation 3. The Value of Beauty, Aesthetic Experience and the Aesthetic Human Ideal 4. The Beautiful Character and its Limits 5. Beyond Beauty: The Pain of Inner Division 6. Modern Beauty
Julia Peters is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. She specializes in Kant and German Idealism and has published a number of articles on Hegelâ€™s Aesthetics, Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind. In addition she works on contemporary virtue ethics.
"Julia Peters' intelligent and interesting book â€¦ adds a vital new dimension to the debate." -- Andrew Bowie, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Petersâ€™s interpretation is presented with great clarity and care and admirably combines the virtues of comprehensiveness and concision. In her efforts to unearth the key elements of the Hegelian definition of beauty and open new avenues for assessing beautyâ€™s relevance for art, she has made a significant contribution to the discussion." -- Brent Kalar, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism