By Agnes Heller,Marcia Morgan

The major function of this e-book is to explicate the tricky dating among the heterogeneity of what's skilled as attractive and the homogeneity of the conceptualization of that have, or try out at any such conceptualization within the period of recent philosophy. whereas the heterogeneity of what's skilled as appealing used to be authorized, and certainly celebrated, within the dominant historical conception—for instance, within the Symposium and Phaedrus of Plato—the desire for homogenization within the later appropriation of Plato and within the Enlightenment interval relegated the gorgeous to the privileged area of artistic endeavors. In her research Agnes Heller offers a special and critical emphasis at the unique 'life content material' of the event of the attractive, which turns into misplaced within the smooth process of the humanities.

This booklet information the background of the idea that of the gorgeous, beginning with what Agnes Heller distinguishes among the 'warm' metaphysics of good looks and the 'cold' one—inspired via Plato's Janus-faced courting to beauty—and finishing with a fragmented but hopeful imaginative and prescient propagated through Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, between others. In among those historic parentheses—the metaphysical Plato on one hand and the post-metaphysical Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Adorno at the different hand—lay a plenitude of figures and highbrow advancements, all of which contributed to the loss of life of the idea that of the attractive within the Western metaphysical culture. an important of those figures and advancements are tested during this book.

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