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Conditions for CriticismAuthority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century$
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Ian Small

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122418.001.0001

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Aesthetics, Psychology, and Biology

Aesthetics, Psychology, and Biology

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Conditions for Criticism

Ian Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how psychology is a newly defined and recently professionalized discipline of knowledge that seemed in all its epistemological assumptions to endorse at an abstract level the whole notion of individualism. It notes that psychology defined its object of study, the mind, in terms of individual perceptions, impressions, and desires. It evaluates the nature of the relationship which aesthetics as a discipline was thought to have with other disciplines of knowledge; the most important of these was its relationship with the new ‘science’ of psychology. It also talks about Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer and their desire to absolutely connect the domains of psychology and biology.

Keywords:   psychology, aesthetics, biology, individualism, Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer

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