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Diotima's Children: German Aesthetic Rationalism from Leibniz to Lessing

Frederick C. Beiser


This book is a re-examination of the rationalist tradition of aesthetics which prevailed in Germany in the late 17th and 18th century. It is partly an historical survey of the central figures and themes of this tradition, but it is also a philosophical defence of some of its leading ideas such as: that beauty plays an integral role in life; that aesthetic pleasure is the perception of perfection; and that aesthetic rules are inevitable and valuable. It shows that the criticisms of Kant and Nietzsche of this tradition are largely unfounded. The rationalist tradition deserves re-examination beca ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, rationalist tradition, beauty, perfection, Kant, Nietzsche, art criticism, art history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573011.001.0001


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Frederick C. Beiser, author
Syracuse University
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