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Art and EmbodimentFrom Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244973.001.0001

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Art, Architecture, and Self-Consciousness

Art, Architecture, and Self-Consciousness

An Exploration of Hegel’s Aesthetics

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Art and Embodiment

Paul Crowther

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to provide both an entree into Hegel's aesthetic theory, and a critical development of it with special reference to architecture's significance as an art-form. Section I outlines the basic features of Hegel's overall philosophical position, and Section II traces the way in which this shapes his theory of art. Section III continues this tracing in more detail in relation to the specific example of architecture. Finally, Section IV offers a lengthy critical reinterpretation of Hegel's theory of art in general, and then applies it in detail to architecture. In the course of this latter discussion, some attention will be paid to Hegel's worries about the semantic restrictedness of architecture, and how this might be invoked in criticism of certain modernist and postmodernist tendencies.

Keywords:   Hegel, theory of art, architecture, aesthetic theory

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