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Lydia L. Moland
Colby College (Waterville, ME 04901-8840)
Art and Aesthetics in the Works of German Philosopher G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831)

A book on Hegel’s aesthetics based on his unpublished German lectures on art and aesthetics gives between 1820 and 1829.

Hegel’s notorious claim that art “ends” means that, despite its potential for explaining art’s role in human experience and its ability to interpret particular artworks, Hegel’s aesthetic theory is often neglected. My interpretation of this theory in my book manuscript, "Hegel's Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism," restores its potential by embedding it in Hegel’s philosophical idealism, analyzing particular artworks he discusses, and connecting his thought to the vibrant aesthetic debates of his time. These factors reveal that although Hegel claims art can end in several ways—within a historical period, by exhausting conceptual possibilities, or by disintegrating into the agreeable—his belief in its centrality to human life never wavered. His theory clarifies art’s value in general and offers a foundation for interpreting contemporary art in particular. I am applying for this grant in order to do necessary research for chapter 10 in Berlin and to bring the entire manuscript to completion.

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Project fields:
Aesthetics; History of Philosophy


Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018