By Simon Grote

extensive in its geographic scope and but grounded in unique archival study, this ebook situates the inception of contemporary aesthetic idea – the philosophical research of paintings and wonder - in theological contexts which are an important to explaining why it arose. Simon Grote provides seminal aesthetic theories of the German and Scottish Enlightenments as outgrowths of a quintessentially Enlightenment undertaking: the quest for a typical 'foundation of morality' and a method of assisting certainly self-interested people go beyond their very own self-interest. This end represents a massive substitute to the normal background of aesthetics as a sequence of preludes to the achievements of Immanuel Kant, in addition to a reinterpretation of numerous canonical figures within the German and Scottish Enlightenments. It additionally deals a starting place for a transnational historical past of the Enlightenment with out the French philosophes at its centre, whereas solidly endorsing historians' becoming reluctance to name the Enlightenment a secularising movement.

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