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Hume's Aesthetic Theory

Sentiment and Taste in the History of Aesthetics

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Hume's Aesthetic Theory by Dabney Townsend

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David Hume famously said, that reason is and ought only to be the slave of the passions. Hume's Aesthetic Theory traces the roots of aesthetics in the concepts of "sentiment" and "taste" and the epistemological possibilities that Hume's use of them has offered. Aesthetics has tended to concentrate on forms of aesthetic experience and attitude that developed after Kant's Third Critique , but these concepts contrast with aesthetic thought in the eighteenth century, which is based on "sentiment" and "taste". Neglect of the earlier eighteenth-century concepts obscures the alternatives available to aesthetic theory and misreads the history of aesthetics. In this respect, Davney Townsend argues that Hume's contribution to aesthetic thought has been insufficiently explored and that attention to it can shed light on the theoretical underpinning of Hume's philosophy as a whole. More importantly, it can deepen our understanding of the history of aesthetics and offer renewed possibilities for contemporary aesthetics. Hume's Aesthetic Theory is a major contribution to our understanding of Hume's general philosophy and will provide fresh insights into the history of aesthetics. It will prove invaluable to all those interested in Hume and aesthetics.

Author Biography

Dabney Townsend is Professor of Philosophy at Armstrong Atlantic University, Georgia, USA.
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November 16th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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