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About Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics

This collection delves into the history of aesthetics by bringing together hard-to-find sources from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Supported by new introductions and secondary literature, the newly-digitized primary texts open up our understanding of the history of modern aesthetics. They present a fascinating and varied range of ideas about art, nature and taste and make available the work by thinkers including Samuel Alexander, Alexander Baumgarten, R. G. Collingwood, William Gilpin, Georg Friedrich Meier, Anna Jameson, Richard Payne Knight, Uvedale Price and Friedrich Schiller.

New texts are added each year, placing a focus on works and figures often overlooked in traditional historical surveys.

Content highlights:

  • Newly-digitized hard-to-find primary texts by eighteenth, nineteenth and early-twentieth century intellectuals and philosophers, such as Alexander Baumgarten, R. G. Collingwood, Friedrich Schiller, Uvedale Price and Anna Jameson. The texts are tagged with a subject-specific taxonomy and cross-searchable with related primary sources and secondary literature.
  • Exclusive introductions accompany primary sources and provide explanations of how we can read the texts today
  • A selection of scholarly eBooks features research monographs, edited handbooks and study guides

Is the content included in Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics available online anywhere else?
Although some of the primary sources in Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics are available elsewhere as digital facsimiles, they are reproduced here for the first time as fully searchable, full-text HTML. These texts also appear alongside specially commissioned illustrated commentary articles. These are authored by leading academics and provide contextual background to the work, pulling out the main themes and connecting them with contemporary debates. 

How regularly will the resource be updated?
The first update is planned for Early 2022. This update will conclude the launch content set. New content will be added about every six months.

Who is the resource for?
Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers studying philosophy. The materials covered are also highly relevant to related disciplines such as history, art history, cultural studies, gender studies, and the history and philosophy of science.