18th Century German Aesthetics

[Revised entry by Paul Guyer on March 3, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophical discipline of aesthetics did not receive its name until 1735, when the twenty-one year old
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[Revised entry by Paul Guyer on March 3, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophical discipline of aesthetics did not receive its name until 1735, when the twenty-one year old Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten introduced it in his Halle master's thesis to mean episteme aisthetike, or the science of what is sensed and imagined (Baumgarten, Meditationes sCXVI, pp. 86 - 7). But Baumgarten's denomination of the field was an adult baptism: without...

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