ABSTRACT

Hume's Aesthetic Theory examines the neglected area of the development of aesthetics in empiricist thinking, exploring the link between the empiricist background of aesthetics in the eighteenth century and the work of David Hume.
This is a major contribution to our understanding of Hume's general philosophy and provides fresh insights into the history of aesthetics.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction

chapter 1|35 pages

Shaftesbury and Hume

chapter 2|39 pages

Taste

chapter 3|51 pages

Hume’s appeal to sentiment

chapter 4|21 pages

The aesthetic/moral analogy

chapter 5|22 pages

Rules

chapter 6|37 pages

The problem of a standard of taste