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Hegel's Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism

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2020.03.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lydia L. Moland, Hegel's Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, Oxford University Press, 2019, 333pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190847326. Reviewed by William Desmond, Villanova University This very welcome book opens with the reminder that Hegel has been credited with being both the father of art history and the prophet of art's end. The first claim has ensured Hegel's place in art history as a discipline; the second controversial claim has guaranteed the longevity of Hegel's philosophy of art within the field of aesthetics. The combination of these two considerations constitutes a double irony, itself contributing to claim and counterclaim in the interpretation of the significance of Hegel's aesthetics. It has also meant that both analytic and continental philosophers, as well as art theorists, have continued to engage diversely with Hegel's philosophy of art. In all of this, no shared understanding has emerged concerning what Hegel means by the... Read More

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