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Schiller as Philosopher: A Re-Examination

Frederick Beiser


This book is an attempt to rehabilitate Schiller as a philosopher. It defends his philosophy against his Marxist, post-modernist and Kantian critics. Some chapters are exegetical, others thematic. The exegetical chapters (2-4) re-examine the arguments and context of some of his most important writings, Kallias Briefe, Anmut und Würde, and the Äesthetische Briefe. The thematic chapters treat Schiller’s intellectual development, his concept of freedom, his theory of tragedy, and his dispute with the Kantians. In defense of Schiller, it is argued that his project for an objective aesthetic was no ... More

Keywords: aesthetic education, Kant, grace, dignity, beautiful soul, freedom, tragedy, beauty, aesthetic autonomy, sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/019928282X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Beiser, author
Syracuse University, New York
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