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Aestheticism and the Philosophy of Death: Walter Pater and Post-Hegelianism

Giles Whitely



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21 April 2010
Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900; Philosophy: aesthetics
By contextualizing Walter Pater's aestheticism alongside Alexandre Kojeve's and Georges Bataille's readings of Hegelianism, this book shows that Pater's aestheticism constitutes both a philosophy of death and at the same time a philosophy of the impossibility of death.
By:   Giles Whitely
Imprint:   Legenda
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9781906540647
ISBN 10:   1906540640
Pages:   188
Publication Date:   21 April 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Pater's Reading and Rereading of Hegel 1. The Hegelian Structure of Pater's 'Reconsidered' Aestheticism 2. The Philosophy of (the Impossibility of) Death 3. The Imaginary Portraits 4. Autobiography and the Writing of Death 5. Conclusion: The Ideology of Aestheticism

Giles Whitely

Reviews for Aestheticism and the Philosophy of Death: Walter Pater and Post-Hegelianism

Scholars have long been aware of the importance of acknowledging Pater's debt to Hegelian philosophy. And many critics of Pater have performed almost obligatory nods towards Hegel's influence, conceptualized in vague terms, without formulating an understanding of its precise forms. Such critics will now have to engage seriously with Aestheticism and the Philosophy of Death, which contains the most scholarly and detailed account of Pater's Hegelianism to date. -- Modern Language Review Modern Language Review In this meticulously researched monograph Giles Whiteley sets himself the expansive task of reading Pater's entire intellectual project as an extended conversation with Hegel... the case is well made that Pater should be considered a proto-poststructuralist thinker. -- Forum for Modern Language Studies Forum for Modern Language Studies

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