This article is a companion to the article on Nietzsche’s Aesthetics of Night. While this article can be read on its own, we recommend that you read the article on Nietzsche before proceeding with this one.
By Ryan Smith
In my article on Nietzsche’s Aesthetics of Night I reached back to Nietzche’s early aesthetics, from before he crafted The Birth of Tragedy. Similarly, in this article I shall attempt to describe Hume’s aesthetics – not on the basis of his famous essay Of the Standard of Taste, which is so often taken to be the whole of his aesthetic – but on the basis of his thoughts on the aesthetic as they appear in his Treatise of Human Nature and other early writings. ...
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