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The Genealogy of Aesthetics

The Genealogy of Aesthetics

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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811828

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  • Is it body or spirit that makes us appreciate beauty and create art? The distinguished Canadian critic Ekbert Faas argues that, with occasional exceptions like Montaigne and Mandeville, the mainstream of western thinking about beauty from Plato onwards has greatly overemphasized the spirit. This study redresses this imbalance, and offers a radical re-reading of thinkers like Plato, Augustine, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida. Professor Faas attacks both the traditional and postmodern consensus, and offers a new pro-sensualist aesthetics, heavily influenced by Nietzsche, that draws on contemporary cognitive science.

    • A profound polemic on a major subject, by a distinguished cultural critic
    • Will annoy both traditionalist and postmodern thinkers in equal measure
    • Strong linkages with cognitive science outside orthodox humanist channels
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    "Faas's ideas merit the serious attention of al scholars and teachers of the history of aesthetics. Recommended." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521811828
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.861kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Plato's transvaluations of aesthetic values
    2. Proto-Nietzschean opponents to Plato
    3. Late Antiquity, Plotinus, and Augustine
    4. Augustine's Platonopolis
    5. The Middle Ages
    6. The Renaissance
    7. The Renaissance Academy, Ficino, Montaigne, and Shakespeare
    8. Hobbes and Shaftesbury
    9. Mandeville, Burke, Hume, and E. Darwin
    10. Kant's ethicoteleological aesthetics
    11. Kant's midlife conversion
    12. Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx
    13. Marx's Nietzschean moment
    14. Heidegger's 'destruction' of traditional aesthetics
    15. Heidegger contra Nietzsche
    16. Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Derrida
    17. Différance, Freud, Nietzsche, and Artaud
    18. Derrida's mega-transcendentalist Mimesis
    19. Postmodern or Pre-Nietszschean? Derrida, Lyotard, and de Man
    20. The Postmodern revival of the aesthetic ideal

  • Author

    Ekbert Faas, York University, Toronto
    EKBERT FAAS is Professor of Humanities and Graduate English at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has published very widely as both critic (e.g. Shakespeare's Poetics, Cambridge, 1986), biographer (Robert Creeley: a biography) and novelist (The Revolutionist and Mengele's Friend).

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