Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn

Editeur: Taylor and Francis Date de sortie: 2014-10-10

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The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn examines the idea of ugliness through four angles: philosophical aesthetics, early anthropology, physiognomy and portraiture in the eighteenth-century. Highlighting a theory that describes the benefit of encountering ugly objects in art and nature, eighteenth-century German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn recasts ugliness as a positive force for moral education and social progress. According to his theory, ugly objects cause us to think more and thus exercise-and expand-our mental abilities. Known as ugly himself, he was nevertheless portrayed in portraits and in physiognomy as an image of wisdom, gentility, and tolerance. That seeming contradiction-an ugly object (Mendelssohn) made beautiful-illustrates his theory's possibility: ugliness itself is a positive, even redeeming characteristic of great opportunity. Presenting a novel approach to eighteenth century aesthetics, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Philosophy and History.

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Informations complémentaires

Genre: c 1700 to c 1800

Collection: Routledge

Format: Adobe PDF

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781317669975

Informations complémentaires

Genre: c 1700 to c 1800

Collection: Routledge

Format: Adobe PDF

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781317669975

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