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Diotima's ChildrenGerman Aesthetic Rationalism from Leibniz to Lessing$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573011.001.0001

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Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics

Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics

(p.118) 5 Baumgarten's Science of Aesthetics
Diotima's Children

Frederick C. Beiser (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, who is considered the founder of modern aesthetics. It considers Baumgarten's first philosophical writing, his Meditationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus, which he wrote for his doctoral dissertation as a young man. This short tract contains in nuce Baumgarten's entire program and the first formulation of his science of aesthetics. The chapter then looks at Baumgarten's conception of a science of beauty, and his theory of sensation.

Keywords:   Alexander Gottleib Baumgarten, modern aesthetics, beauty, theory of sensation

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