The Ideology of the Aesthetic, Paperback Book
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The Ideology of the Aesthetic presents a history and critique of the concept of the aesthetic throughout modern Western thought.

As such, this is a critical survey of modern Western philosophy, focusing in particular on the complex relations between aesthetics, ethics and politics.

Eagleton provides a brilliant and challenging introduction to these concerns, as characterized in the work of Kant, Schiller, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Lukacs, Adorno, Habermas, and others.Wide in span, as well as morally and politically committed, this is Terry Eagleton's major work to date.

It forms both an original enquiry and an exemplary introduction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 0
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780631163022



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Written with a familiar smug inelegance by the high priest of vapid post structuralist cant

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Responding to other review- Smugness he may be guilty of, but he's hardly the high priest of post-modern cant. Actually by this time Eagleton was looking less and less post-modern and more and more like what a what a younger Raymond Williams with a more thoroughgoing theoretical bent might look like. I'd hardly take Eagleton as the final word on the Western aesthetic tradition and its connections to morality and politics, BUT this serves as a fair introduction to the issues and Eagleton's got some interesting things to say about them.Some portions may seems a tad dated--the book certainly reflects its historical context (the late-80s, early 90s peak of academic/political post-modernism), but that's not too much of a bother.

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This book is sucking all the joy out of my semester and I have no idea why my classmates all seem to love it. :(

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