Hegel's Political Aesthetics: Art in Modern Society

Hegel's Political Aesthetics: Art in Modern Society

by Stefan Bird-Pollan, Vladimir Marchenkov

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What is the role of art in modern society? To what extent are the beautiful and the morally good intertwined? Hegel's Political Aesthetics explores Hegel's take on these ever-relevant philosophical questions and investigates three key themes: art's contribution to modern ethical life, the loss of art's authority in modern ethical life and ways of thinking beyond Hegel's analysis of art's role in society. The aesthetic is explored through the lens of German Idealism from Kant to Hegel, ultimately placing ethics and morality at the forefront of this debate.

The authors explore Hegel's take on Kant's conception by historicizing what it means to be responsible to others, which for Hegel means being free within the norms of society, within what he calls ethical life. As a set of concrete social arrangements designed for finite human beings, however, ethical life falls short of actualizing freedom absolutely.

The themes in this volume are motivated by a central ambivalence in Hegel's thinking about modernity. The question of freedom sits at the forefront of this text, alongside the relation between art and the spirit. This book will be of particular interest to philosophers of aesthetics, politics and ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350122710
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stefan Bird-Pollan is Associate Professor in Philosophy, Social Theory and International Film Studies, University of Kentucky, USA

Vladimir Marchenkov is Professor of Aesthetics and Theory, Ohio University, USA
Stefan Bird-Pollan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, International Film Studies and Social Theory at the Univeristy of Kentucky, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction by the editors, Stefan Bird-Pollan and Vladimir Marchenkov

Part I: Art's Conribution to Modern Ethical Life
Chapter 1: Philip T. Grier, “On Art and Community: Intersections of Hegel's Aesthetics and Philosophy of Religion”
Chapter 2: Mark Aznauer, “Hegel on Aesthetic Reconciliation”
Chapter 3: Timothy L. Brownlee, "Bildung and the Novel in Hegel's Lectures on Aesthetics"
Chapter 4: David Ciavatta, “Beauty as Freedom”

Part II: The End of Art and the Loss of Art's Authority
Chapter 5: John Russon: “Romantic Art and Modernity”
Chapter 6: Shannon Hoff: “At Home and Homeless in the Human World: Art and Freedom in Hegel's Aesthetics
Chapter 7: Olga Lyanda-Geller, “Hegel's Symbol and Symbolic Art: Revisiting Ambiguity?”

Part III: Ways of Thinking Beyond Hegel's Analysis of Art's Role in Society
Chapter 8: Kathleen Eamon, “Super/Sensible Remains in Art and Politics: Hegel and Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series.”
Chapter 9: Vladimir Marchenkov, “The Dialectic of Morality and Art in Hegel's Aesthetics”
Chapter 10: Stefan Bird-Pollan, “Overcoming the End of Art Thesis; the Case for Film”
Chapter 11: Georg Bertram, “Hegel's Conception of Modern Art – A Re-actualization”

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