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After the Beautiful - Hegel and the philosophy of Pictorial Modernism


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Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and, most recently, Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy.


"There is a fair amount of philosophical literature about whether Hegel could accommodate modern, post-1840s art within his philosophy, but that field usually divides into the 'Yes, he can,' and 'No, he cannot' camps. Both camps generally argue on the basis of canonical Hegelian texts, differing only on the implications they draw from those texts. In After the Beautiful, however, the historical Hegel himself is drawn into criticism under Robert B. Pippin's contemporary interpretation-called to alter his original account in certain key areas if he is to stay true to his original program. This is a very ambitious way of doing philosophy, and Pippin pulls it off very well." -Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University"

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