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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Knowing Oneself and the Aesthetic Shaping of Character : German Romantic Anthropology
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'Civilization and science have been tied together in the West since the eighteenth century, and both have suffered from the way in which they have come to be associated: science by its failure to meet ideals that it could never have met; civilization by the removal of the humanities and culture generally from its core, these becoming mere adjuncts or even leisure activities. In the latter case, this is mirrored in analytic philosophy – in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language for example – where aesthetics is considered marginal, an added extra, to what it means to be human. The common view, if only implicit, is that human beings would not be human beings without language or consciousness for example, but they would still be human beings if they lacked any aesthetic life. This stands in direct contrast to late eighteenth and nineteenth century thought, in which an aesthetic model of the human being is central. At the apex of this tradition stands Schiller’s Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen – “On the Aesthetic Education of Man” – of 1794.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon The Free Mind : Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr Catherine Runcie (editor), Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016 10728339 2016 anthology poetry essay

    'For over forty years, Barry Spurr has created a significant body of work in English literary scholarship, spanning a wide range of fields from Early Modern literature to contemporary Australian poetry. Barry Spurr is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the fields of religious literature and liturgical language, most notably in the works of Renaissance poet John Donne, the Modernist poet T.S. Eliot, and the language and literature of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was appointed by the University of Sydney as Australia's first Professor of Poetry and Poetics, and holds a notable reputation as a teacher and mentor to students, and as a friend to peers and colleagues. He has also been notable as a public intellectual, with a particular interest in the role of literature in the modern education system, and the role of the humanities in the modern university.

    'This book is a collection of scholarly papers, contemplative essays and poems, written or contributed in honour of Barry Spurr. The Festschrift's contributors include his former teachers and mentors, his students and colleagues, and includes scholars and public intellectuals in his fields of scholarship or public interest. This Festschrift is a very fine collection of poetry, public discourse and literary criticism, on topics ranging from the works of William Shakespeare, to John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen, in addition to scholarship on liturgical language and religious and literary philosophy.' (Publication summary)

    Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016
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