Murray, Patrick T. Books1995 0-7734-9511-8
This book is the first in English to provide a detailed philosophical study of Schiller's major work in aesthetics, the Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795). The introduction surveys those books in English with chapters on the treatise and concludes with an outline of Kant's critical system and a summary of this theories of aesthetic judgment, art and beauty. The main body of the work consists of an exegesis of Schiller's text. In part one (Letters 1-9), we follow Schiller as he describes the afflictions of civilization and their cure. In part two (Letters 10-17), we follow Schiller as he considers the essential nature of man and beauty. In part three (Letters 18-27), we follow Schiller as he describes the psychological development of the individual and species from a sensuous to a rational condition, through the mediation of the aesthetic.The exposition is accompanied by assessment and criticism. The conclusion commences with a recapitulation of the main arguments in each Letter. This is followed by an evaluation of the Aesthetic Letters, identifying those specific theories of contemporary relevance, and with the potential for further theoretical development.1991 0-7734-9773-0
The book's introduction provides brief introductions to Hegel's methodology, philosophical system, and concept of Spirit. The book is then divided into 2 parts, the first concerned with Hegel's philosophy of Subjective Spirit, the second with his philosophy of Objective Spirit. It closely follows Hegel's chapters in the Philosophy of Spirit on Anthropology (the Soul), Phenomenology (Consciousness), and Psychology (Mind), which comprise Hegel's treatment of the cognitive ego in Subjective Spirit; and then follows the development of the volitional ego in Objective Spirit, through Hegel's chapters on Abstract Right (concerned with the rights and duties of the Person),Morality (which exposes the emptiness of individualistic morality),and finally Ethical Substance (which makes explicit the ethical character of the family, civil society, and the State.). The conclusion, after a brief recapitulation, focuses upon the relationship between Morality and Ethical Substance, viewing it in terms of limited fulfilled volition, respectively. The principle of Absolute Spirit is also briefly discussed in order to put Subjective and Objective Spirit in their overall developmental context. An appendix containing important passages from Hegel's Logic, a select bibliography, and a full index are provided.