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Continental Aesthetics

Clive Cazeaux

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online August 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0129
Continental Aesthetics

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Aesthetics in the Continental tradition of philosophy offers some of the most stimulating and influential ideas about art, sensory experience, and culture in modern thought. Whereas analytic aesthetics approaches questions about art by formulating clear and precise statements that can go on to become the basis for logical analysis, Continental inquiry pays greater heed to thought and language as things that are lived and performed and that have a history. As a result, aesthetics in the Continental tradition is less about art subject to strict philosophical questioning (with philosophical method taken as a given and not itself in question) and more about the following: (1) philosophy attending to the particular conditions in which it and thinking in general take place and where these conditions might be sensory, embodied, artistic, linguistic, historical, cultural, or metaphysical; (2) art’s role in exploring, extending, or making manifest these conditions; and (3) the new, emancipatory ways of living that might be created once the plastic, contingent, and generative nature of thought is grasped. In short, Continental aesthetics is the rethinking of art, philosophy, human being, and metaphysics. The Continental aesthetic tradition has its origins in Immanuel Kant, German idealism, and romanticism, and this entry focuses on the principal schools, authors, and themes from Kant to the present.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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