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The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland

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2018.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Grote, The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 280pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107110922. Reviewed by Corey W. Dyck, Western University, and Michael H. Walschots, University of St. Andrews Lying behind the juxtaposition of contexts in the subtitle of Simon Grote's well-executed study -- those of Enlightenment Germany and Scotland -- is an attempt to outline an alternative history of the development of philosophical aesthetics in the 18th century. While recent histories of modern aesthetics, including those by Frederick Beiser, Stefanie Buchenau, and Paul Guyer, have emphasized the signal contributions of figures such as Baumgarten and Hutcheson to the founding of aesthetics as a self-standing philosophical discipline, Grote contends that this is a story whose coherence derives largely from its presentation. . .

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