Early Modern Aesthetics

2016.03.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. Colin McQuillan, Early Modern Aesthetics, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 191pp., $32.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781783482122.
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2016.03.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. Colin McQuillan, Early Modern Aesthetics, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 191pp., $32.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781783482122. Reviewed by Dabney Townsend J. Colin McQuillan's short book on early modern aesthetics is neither a history nor a critical discussion, though it attempts to be something of both. It also ventures farther afield to discuss questions of hermeneutics, especially the relation of history to the way that one should read philosophical texts from earlier periods. McQuillan's own summary of what he thinks he has achieved highlights the exploration of "early modern debates on the ancients and moderns, the fine arts, and the critique of taste, as well as the emergence and transformation of aesthetics in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries" (135). He acknowledges that he has not produced a history of early modern aesthetics. As he says, This sketch of early modern philosophy is... . . .

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