Title

Bolzano on art

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

British Journal of Aesthetics

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Volume

56

Issue

4

First Page

333

Last Page

345

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Abstract

In his little-known essay published posthumously in 1849, Über die Eintheilung der schönen Künste (On the Classification of the Beautiful Arts), Bernard Bolzano proposes an explication of the concept of beautiful art as well as a classification of these arts. Bolzano’s divisions allowed him not only to provide a principled and comprehensive classification of actual, well-established arts, but also to anticipate kinds of beautiful art that would not exist or be widely recognized until decades after his death, such as moving pictures, abstract paintings, and what he called ‘the arts of pure thought’.

DOI

10.1093/aesthj/ayw072

Print ISSN

00070904

E-ISSN

14682842

Funding Information

This paper was supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. LU13600115).

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Additional Information

A version of this paper, ‘Bolzano et l’esthétique’, was presented at the Musée Marc Chagall in Nice.

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Recommended Citation

Livingston, P. (2016). Bolzano on art. British Journal of Aesthetics, 56(4), 333-345. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayw072