Kantian Journal

2011 Issue №2(36)

At the edge of romanticism or beyond it? E. T. A. Hoffmann and the nature of art in Kant's aesthetics

Abstract

This article undertakes to prove that I. Kant's dualism underlay the artistic two-world system of E. T. A. Hoffmann, who opposed the philosophical monism of romanticists. Under the influence of Kant's aesthetics and philosophy of art, E. T. A. Hoffmann's works develop a tendency towards exceeding the limits of traditional stylistic forms, which leads to a free interaction of different stylistic devices in the best of his works.

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The "aesthetic turn": from Kant and romanticism to modern philosophy

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This article is devoted to the origins of the "aesthetic turn" in contemporary philosophy and the increasing importance of aesthetic categories and art experience for contemporary theories. Kant’s aesthetics, concepts of beauty, the sublime, genius, as well as various aspects of their interpretation within the romantic doctrine of "new mythology" and aestheticisation of life, the discovery of a fragment as a way of poetic thinking became topical in contemporary debates about reality, knowledge, human being and society.

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