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The Naturalist Aesthetics of German Philosopher J. G. Herder (1744-1803)
Rachel Zuckert, Northwestern University

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Herder's Naturalist Aesthetics (Book)
Title: Herder's Naturalist Aesthetics
Author: Rachel Zuckert
Abstract: In this book, Rachel Zuckert provides the first overarching account of Johann Gottfried Herder’s complex aesthetic theory. She guides the reader through Herder’s texts, showing how they relate to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European philosophy of art, and focusing on two main concepts: aesthetic naturalism, the view that art is natural to and naturally valuable for human beings as organic, embodied beings, and – unusually for Herder’s time – aesthetic pluralism, the view that aesthetic value takes many diverse and culturally varying forms. Zuckert argues that Herder’s theory plays a pivotal role in the history of philosophical aesthetics, marking the transition from the eighteenth-century focus on aesthetic value as grounded in human nature to the nineteenth-century focus on art as socially significant and historically variable. Her study illuminates Herder’s significance as an innovative thinker in aesthetics, and will interest a range of readers in philosophy of art and European thought.
Year: 2019
Access Model: purchase
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Formalism and Cultural Style; Herderian Reflections (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Formalism and Cultural Style; Herderian Reflections
Author: Rachel Zuckert
Abstract: Following the lead of J.G. Herder's essay, "Shakespeare," I propose that one element of aesthetic appreciation is the cultural style of an artwork.
Date: 10/13/18