The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle

2016.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles Batteux, The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle, James O. Young (tr.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 151pp., $70.00
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2016.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles Batteux, The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle, James O. Young (tr.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 151pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198747116. Reviewed by Theodore Gracyk, Minnesota State University Moorhead Charles Batteux published Les Beaux Arts réduits à un même principe in 1746. It is something of a puzzle why we have had to wait more than two and a half centuries for an English translation of the full book. Its belated appearance should be welcomed by philosophers of art who conduct their scholarship in English, for it is a document of genuine historical importance. Better yet, translator James O. Young adds an illuminating introduction of more than 50 pages to Batteux's short book. For philosophers of art who are not immersed in eighteenth-century French philosophy, the resulting volume fills a major gap in our access to a liminal moment in the emergence of philosophy of art. The. . .

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