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Victorian art critic Walter Pater said that all art aspires to the condition of music. With GWF Hegel, on the other hand, one might say that all of the arts aspire to the condition of poetry, and that all poetry aspires to the Idea of the Beautiful… a-a-and that the Beautiful is but a stepping stone along the way of Geist (Mind or Spirit or both) as it reveals itself to itself, and uses art, religion and philosophy to do so. It's all a big hierarchy, leading from the "Symbolic" arts of ancient p...
Having read this multiple times, I am always blown away by the clarity and force of the argumentation. This is the introduction to the must larger, multi-volume lectures on fine art. It provides a very interesting examination of the key parts of the larger work, and of particular interest are Hegel's discussion on how art is to be treated and his arguments for objectivism.
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I like Hegel. He's a nice breath of fresh air after Kant's prose. But I don't buy this idea of history being progressive. We continually repeat past mistakes (both literally and intellectually) so we need reminders through art. I think. But I'm no Hegel.
One of those books that makes me want to cry.
Hegel's introduction to the philosophy of aesthetics also gives a good overview of his general logic of philosophy. I was especially impressed by the translator's work of giving great commentary in case of confusion, which is great for those not too familiar with Hegel's philosophy. The most beautiful thing about this text is the clear structure in art as the introducing force of opening up for societal conceptualization and spiritual growth. His Aristotelian reading is very clear here when he d...
Good fun as an intellectual exercise, but not particularly applicable to real, live art.
Prior to this book I read Zizek's 1000 page book on Hegel. This short and intense book was very helpful, as it embodied Hegel's thought and the dialectic in a concise form.
"Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics" by "Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel" is a fine piece of work which speaks about "art", how it flourished, how it has taken different turns in the history and how its end is approaching. According to Hegel, Art can flourish the best only when it is given equal importance as compared to religion and philosophy. He believes that art is based on an Idea or a concept. He also continuously argues that the Greek art (which he calls classic art) was the period when ar...
An absolutely fascinating introduction to his own larger two volume work on Aesthetics. For Hegel, the study of aesthetics is the study of the ways in which our productive energies have sought to “escape wholly from the fetters of rule and regularity." For Hegel, the study of art is none other than the study of the rational impulse which enables humankind to recognize their own consciousness as an object. This has varied from age to age (the symbolic, classical, and romantic, according to Hegel)...
Cant go one page without this guy being racist but I guess his theories about art and philosophy are still important I guess
this makes some nice distinctions and assessments but is a bit limited. p similar to schiller and kant
Schiller and the Supersensuous Truth in Hegel’s ‘Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik’----Art is an expression of Freedom that leads culture towards the union of the particular with the universal and the consciousness with the material, ultimately leading to true freedom. There is quite a bit of Proto-Phenomenology and recognition that images, symbols, and rituals have real, profound, and meta-real impacts here in his Lectures on Aesthetics. Hegel is deeply indebted to Schiller on his understanding of
I'm gonna have to read this one again someday, preferably in a philosophy course at school - but don't get me wrong, I felt that I understood the otherwise clunky and obscure text well enough - I simply would like to partake in discussions regarding the subject matter. I'll take up some more Hegel soon, I think. He has an intoxicatingly grand view of the universe and our role in it.
Not the easiest read ever, but extremely insightful! Even now, after two centuries and countless revolutions in the philosophy of art, this book has a lot to offer. Some ideas may be out of date and are fascinating more from the historical point of view, but many of Hegel's thoughts still hold to this day, and couldn't be expressed better.
Not what I hoped for. Written to cull the support of a prince, this book spends much more time talking about Art as a tool for keeping society moral. Interesting but not what I was after. I guess the purposeful use of art as tool by a state offends me.
Ennobling, lucid and radical. High Art essentially laid out in systematic fashion
Mediocre at best - Hegel basically has no idea what art is. Read Kant's lectures immediately after reading these in order to see very clearly the difference between genius and a vulgar mind today!
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Fine art... only achieves its highest task when it has takenits place in the same sphere with religion and philosophyThe universe is one single organic totality. It develops out of its own conception.The main parts into which it develops are - apart from the logical idea itself - nature and spirit ormind. But it also develops into different levels of nature (space, time, bodies, etc.) and different phases of spirit, the main ones being ´subjective spirit´ (roughly, individual psychology), ´objec...
Originally I had read this with the Hackett Classics bundle that included The Philosophy of Religion and The History of Philosophy; however, I got impatient and wanted to jump into Phenomenology of the Spirit, so I abandoned reading the subsequent lectures. The Aesthetics lectures were pretty boring, at least the prefatory history of aesthetics, which was about 80% of the lectures. The last lecture, where Hegel puts forward his theory of aesthetics, however, was quite brilliant, although I disag...
Incredibly dense and felt like WORK, but I found it to be worthwhile in, at least, informing my thinking on art. I think these lectures will be something I can turn back to, but will likely never read continuously through again.
My third Hegel book. His writing style makes it difficult and he acts more like an Orthodox Christian than a Lutheran in his conception of God which he hermetically seals inside of his writings. Interesting book if you like Art. I found it boring until the end.
boring prose style. utterly crazy, but for that reason -- productive to think about.
I enjoyed reading Hegel’s ideas and I thought he was much easier to follow as compared to other philosophers. Foundational work.
Aldo Rossi disproves Hegel's conclusions 150 years later but it's just brilliant.
I rate it low only because the book is advertised as Hegel but not even half the book is Hegel. More than half is another philosopher. I bought this book to read Hegel, not someone else (one of his students apparently). Will have to buy something else instead.But the section by Hegel is interesting, although he fails to anticipate innovations in art. for instance, Hegel says music improves upon painting by introducing the concept of time, which is a limitation of painting. but cubism specificall...
An argument beginning with the belief that Art is imitation of Nature and ending by stating that Art has reached its logical end. Covers the Beautiful, the Ideal and the Divine. Heady, but good.