Throughout the highbrow and cultural flowering of Scotland within the 18th century few matters attracted as a lot curiosity between males of letters as aesthetics - the examine of artwork from the subjective viewpoint of human adventure. the entire nice philosophers of the age - Hutcheson, Hume, Smith and Reid - addressed themselves to aesthetic questions. Their inquiries revolved round a cluster of concerns - the character of flavor, good looks and the chic, how qualitative adjustments function upon the brain throughout the college of flavor, and the way aesthetic sensibility might be more advantageous via schooling. This quantity brings jointly and offers contextual introductions to the main major 18th century writing at the philosophy of paintings. From the pioneering examine of attractiveness via Francis Hutcheson, via Hume's seminal essays at the regular of flavor and tragedy, to the tip of the culture in Dugald Stewart, we're swept up within the debate approximately paintings and its price that interested the philosophers of enlightenment Scotland - and maintains to take action to at the present time. Jonathan Friday is Senior Lecturer in historical past and idea of paintings on the college of Kent. He has released at the philosophy of artwork and aesthetics, the heritage of philosophy and ethical philosophy.

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