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Title: The influence of Hobbes, Locke and Berkeley on the English and Scottish aestheticians of the eighteenth century
Author: Stevenson, James A. C.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1949
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My aim in this thesis has been to try to show how English and Scottish. aestheticians in the eighteenth century drew upon certain ideas prominent in the writings of Hobbes, Locke, and Berkeley, and used them in formulating solutions to problems facing them. In doing this, I have tried to exclude all issues, even closely related ones, which might distract attention from mfr principal theme. Questions of such moment as the influence of Bacon on Hobbes, the relation of eighteenth century aesthetic theory to ancient aesthetic: the influence of French philosophers and aestheticians on their English counterparts, and the effects of the work of Shaftesbury and Hume have therefore received no special attention. The field I have tried to coaxer is a large one, and is still relatively speaking unexplored, though there has been a re- awakening of interest in it in the last fifteen years, chiefly in the United States and in Italy. But an enormous amount of work remains to be done, and I can claim to have done no more than touch upon the many outstanding problems. The scheme I have adopted is as follows. The first part I have devoted to individual problems which may be classed as psychological in nature, and some at least of which had to be investigated before any aesthetic could be developed. The second part deals with questions more purely philosophical - the nature of perceptions, ideas, and language. Finally, in the third part; I have tried to trace the growth of two of the most important schools of aesthetic hive thought, both of which seem town out of suggestions made by Hobbes and Locke. An all too short introduction is provided in the hope of supplying what is necessarily lacking in a thesis of this nature - an overall view of the period concerned, such as can not unfortunately be found in any other book in English. The nearest approach to a history of eighteenth century English aesthetic theory is Dr. Rossics introduction to his recent work, L'Estetica dell'Empirismo Inglese.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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