On the Aesthetic Education of Man

On the Aesthetic Education of Man

“Essential reading.” — New Society.
A classic of eighteenth-century thought, Friedrich Schiller’s treatise on the role of art in society ranks among German philosophy’s most profound works. In addition to its importance to the history of ideas, this 1795 essay remains relevant to our own time.
Beginning with a political analysis of contemporary society — in particular, the French Revolution and its failure to implement universal freedom — Schiller observes that people cannot transcend their circumstances without education. He conceives of art as the vehicle of education, one that can liberate individuals from the constraints and excesses of either pure nature or pure mind. Through aesthetic experience, he asserts, people can reconcile the inner antagonism between sense and intellect, nature and reason.
Schiller’s proposal of art as fundamental to the development of society and the individual is an enduringly influential concept, and this volume offers his philosophy’s clearest, most vital expression.

Title:On the Aesthetic Education of Man
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780486437392
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  • Glenn Russell

    Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy addressing beauty, taste, art and the sublime. After studying what philosophers have to say on this topic, it is refreshing to read the philosophical reflections...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen = Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich SchillerOn the Aesthetic Education of Man (Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen) is a tr...

  • Michael

    If only we could be as free or as mentally beautiful as Schiller envisioned. Best read before you turn 20, at which point the world he railed loudly against takes over.Schiller is a much overlooked in...

  • Jim

    Friedrich Schiller wrote Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man in 1793 for his friend the Danish Prince Friedrich Christian who had provided him with a stipend to help him through an illness. In 1...

  • Christine Cordula Dantas

    A very deep analysis on aesthetics, full of insights, but makes a difficult reading for the current generations. Yet, I enjoyed this book as far as I could follow. I should return to various passages,...

  • Shyam

    Some quick thoughts; not a final review . . .__________ "I love art and everything related to it above all else, and I admit that my inclination is to favour it before any other occupation of the mi...

  • Anthony Wallace

    Poetic argument for the importance of the arts not only in the balancing and ideal functioning of the individual but for society as a whole. Schiller warns against an infatuation with the "quantifiabl...

  • Emmanuel

    To me this was an introduction to Herr Schiller's philosophical work and I'm delighted to admit that liked it a lot. As an essay on aesthetics I find it to be an accurate sample of what an aesthetic w...

  • David

    There is a great introduction to this book stating whats good and not so good, but the author Reginald Snell shows that much can be taken from Schiller's philosophical treatise if we apply it to bette...

  • Jeanne Dunn

    Although this type of reading can be challenging for the modern reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking book. If you enjoy philosophy and subscribe to a personal philosophy that an appreci...