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Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit

From Plotinus to Schelling and Hegel

John Shannon Hendrix

Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit examines the aesthetics of Plotinus, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. It discusses the Platonic bases of the aesthetics of Plotinus and the Plotinian bases of the aesthetics of Schelling and Hegel in the philosophy of spirit, identity philosophy, and transcendental idealism. Examining the notion of art as philosophy, as a product of mind, and as an instrument of intellect in the relation between reason and perception, the book involves concepts of the universal and particular, freedom and necessity, the beautiful and sublime, allegory and symbolism, consciousness and self-consciousness, subjective and objective spirit, and forms of artistic representation.
The Author: John Shannon Hendrix earned a Ph.D. in architecture at Cornell University and teaches architectural design and art and architectural history at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of four previous books: Platonic Architectonics (Peter Lang, 2004); Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures (Peter Lang, 2003); History and Culture in Italy; and The Relation Between Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures in the Work of Francesco Borromini in Seventeenth-Century Rome. He is the coeditor of Neoplatonic Aesthetics (Peter Lang, 2004) and Neoplatonism and the Arts.