Bernard Bolzano: On the Concept of the Beautiful - A Philosophical Essay

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Title:Bernard Bolzano: On the Concept of the Beautiful - A Philosophical Essay
Creators:
Livingston, Paisley; pl at ln dot edu dot hk; Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 2, pp. 203-267
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bolzano B., beauty, Kant I.

Abstract

An intorduction to an English translation of Bernad Bolzano´s On the Concept of the Beautiful. A neglected gem in the history of aesthetics, Bolzano’s essay on beauty is best understood when read alongside his other writings and philosophical sources. This introduction is designed to contribute to such a reading. In Part I, I identify and discuss three salient ways in which Bolzano’s account can be misunderstood. As a lack of familiarity with Bolzano’s background assumptions is one source of these misunderstandings, in Part II, I elucidate some of his ideas about the psychological processes involved in the contemplation and enjoyment of beauty. In Part III, I situate Bolzano’s discussion of beauty within the more general framework of his ideas about the nature of philosophy, the relation between philosophy and aesthetics, and the place of the concept of beauty within the latter. Part IV is devoted to Bolzano’s discussion of some of his philosophical antecedents, including Kant. In Part V, I raise some objections to Bolzano’s account and indicate how his advocates might respond to them.

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Title:Bernard Bolzano: On the Concept of the Beautiful - A Philosophical Essay
Creators:
Livingston, Paisley; pl at ln dot edu dot hk; Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bolzano B., beauty, Kant I.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:52
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 203-267
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8480
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:30 Nov 2015 18:17
Last Modified:30 Nov 2015 17:17

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Livingston, Paisley (2015) Bernard Bolzano: On the Concept of the Beautiful - A Philosophical Essay. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (2). pp. 203-267. ISSN 0014-1291

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