Hegel and the Arts
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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List of Abbreviations
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Introduction: An Overview of Hegel’s Aesthetic
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In the draft introduction to his
Symbolic, Classical, and Romantic Art
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From his first published philosophical monograph in 1801 on the Difference Between Schelling’s and Fichte’s Philosophies to the end of his life, Hegel characterized modern life as “estranged from itself” (entzweit), as containing a “reflective” distance between itself and its practices. In his lectures on aesthetics in the
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“The first of the particular arts . . . is architecture” (VA 1:116/A 1:83).1 For Hegel, architecture stands at several beginnings. It is the art closest to raw nature. It is also the initial art in a progressive spiritualization that will culminate in poetry and music. The drive for art is spirit’s drive to become fully itself by encountering itself; art...
Hegel on the Beauty of Sculpture
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Hegel considers Greek sculpture of the mid–fifth century b.c. to provide the most perfect examples of ideal beauty. In this respect his views are close to those of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, whose influential work...
Carnation and the Eccentricity of Painting
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As to color it seems that Hegel never wavered. From the time of the first cycle of lectures he gave on aesthetics, there is remarkable constancy regarding color, regarding the decisiveness of color for painting. Throughout the entire Berlin...
Hegel on Music
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At first glance, Hegel says some striking but apparently inconsistent things about music. He appears, first, to defend musical formalism: the view, urged by theorists from Eduard Hanslick to Peter Kivy, that pure instrumental music is an...
Hegel’s Theory of Tragedy
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Tragic drama, for Aristotle, reveals the vulnerability of human virtue. It shows how human beings can go wrong, even if they are “like ourselves” and of basically good (if not excellent)...
Art and History: Hegel on the End, the Beginning, and the Future of Art
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We can readily understand why the young Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy would resent the verdict that art (or at least what he terms “die deutsche Kunst”) was over and done with—he was a living composer after all. Mendelssohn was not alone in his scornful reaction: Hegel’s idea had gained some notoriety...
Freedom from Nature? Post-Hegelian Reflections on the End(s) of Art
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There is an intense elective affinity between Hegel’s announcement of the end of art and the situation of twentieth-century art, especially modernist art, as if the fate that Hegel had proclaimed was finally realized, or perhaps just realized again,...
What Was Abstract Art? (From the Point of View of Hegel)
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The emergence of abstract art, first in the early part of the twentieth century with Kandinsky, Malevich, and Mondrian, and then in the much more celebrated case of America in the 1950s (Rothko, Pollock, et al.), remains puzzling....
Art, Religion, and the Modernity of Hegel
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In Hegel’s philosophy, art and religion both come to an end and yet continue to be in modernity. In this essay I want to explore the relationship between the ending and the afterlife, and consider what light that relationship can shed on the relevance of...
The “Religion of Art”
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Hegel put forward a threefold theory of the Absolute that no longer has anything to do with the old theological speculations concerning the Trinity. The Absolute shows itself as art, religion, and philosophy, with no hierarchical order governing...
Hegel and German Romanticism
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Germany in the 1790s was home to the brief but remarkable movement known as Jena Romanticism. Friedrich Schlegel is the figure most closely associated with the movement, but his brother August Wilhelm took part as well, as did their wives, Caroline and Dorothea; Novalis, Schleiermacher, Tieck, and Wackenroder...
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Publication Year: 2007