Science and Aesthetic Judgement
A Study in Taine's Critical Method
First published in 1953. This title provides an exposition and discussion on Hippolyte Taine (1828-1893), the leader of the Naturalist movement in French criticism. The book examines his theories and some of his practice, as a critic of literature and art. A more general consideration of the chief issues raised by his central problem is also given, namely the attempt to approach the analysis and judgement of works of art historically, and thus to provide an objective basis of criticism. This title will be of interest to students of art history and philosophy.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Part One: The Problem in Taine; 1 Science versus Criticism? 2. Formation of a Method (1828-1852); Part Two: Analysis and Criticism; 3. Analysis and Synthesis 4. Critique of Abstraction 5. History and Psychology 6. Nature and Conditions of Art 7. Biological Conditions: Race and Geography 8. Cultural Factors: Environment and Time 9. The Psychological Core: Master Faculty 10. Problems of Analysis and Criticism; Part Three: Science and Aesthetic Judgement; 11. Problems of Type Analysis 12. From Analysis to Judgment 13. Critique of Aesthetic Judgement; Epilogue; 14. Our Heritage from Taine; Appendices; Bibliography