Hegel’s Theory of Absolute Spirit as Aesthetic Theory

Hegel’s philosophy of art is to the present day one of the most influential and attractive parts of his philosophy. In my contribution I argue for the thesis that art is not alone – together with religion and philosophy – an important figure of the absolute spirit. Much more than that, art as a complex expression of human culture is even the central form in which spirit understands itself. In contrast to Hegel’s argumentation in the Encyclopedia, but in accordance with his Lectures on Aesthetics this can be seen in all aspects of difference associated with beautiful art.

Paper taken from The Owl’s Flight: Hegel’s Legacy to Contemporary Philosophy.

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