Early Modern Aesthetics

By (author) J. Colin McQuillan

Publication date:

07 December 2015

Length of book:

204 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783482115

Early Modern Aesthetics is a concise and accessible guide to the history of aesthetics in the early modern period. J. Colin McQuillan shows how philosophers concerned with art and beauty positioned themselves with respect to the ancients and the moderns, how they thought the arts were to be distinguished and classified, the principles they proposed for art and literary criticism, and how they made aesthetics a part of philosophy in the eighteenth century. The book explores the controversies that arose among philosophers with different views on these issues, their relation to the philosophy, science, and art, and their legacy for contemporary aesthetics.
This fine book narrates a story of a time before, and after, “aesthetics” became a subdiscipline of philosophy. Colin McQuillan examines “early modern aesthetics” in an engaging manner, informed by diverse philosophical traditions. His account of the various contexts surrounding the generation of proto-aesthetic and aesthetic claims is highly informative. An insightful, lucid, well-documented book.