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Hegel's Theory of Aesthetic Judgment

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Robert Wicks

Wide-ranging in its philosophical scope, Hegel's Theory of Aesthetic Judgment, critically examines the historical and logical foundations of judgments of beauty in G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy of art. Focusing on the traditional belief that beautiful things display ultimate truth, this study begins with an illustration of how Kantian and Post-Kantian theories of beauty gradually recognized the revelatory function of art. Upon this background, the author shows how Hegel's visionary understanding of beauty assumes that beauty is the experience of rational perfection. Bringing Hegel's theory up-to-date, the work concludes by applying the Hegelian style of artistic evaluation within the postmodern cultural environment.