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Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics

Frederick C. Beiser

in Diotima's Children

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573011
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573011.003.0006
Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics

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This chapter focuses on Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, who is considered the founder of modern aesthetics. It considers Baumgarten's first philosophical writing, his Meditationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus, which he wrote for his doctoral dissertation as a young man. This short tract contains in nuce Baumgarten's entire program and the first formulation of his science of aesthetics. The chapter then looks at Baumgarten's conception of a science of beauty, and his theory of sensation.

Keywords: Alexander Gottleib Baumgarten; modern aesthetics; beauty; theory of sensation

Chapter.  17242 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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