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The aesthetics of Schopenhauer in the context of German Classicism

Grant number: 12/09608-9
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): October 15, 2012
Effective date (End): December 25, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal researcher:Marcio Benchimol Barros
Grantee:Marcio Benchimol Barros
Host: Margit Ilse Ruffing
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil
Research place: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany  


The main goal of my project is to undertake a serious investigation about the relations between Schopenhauer's aesthetics and the aesthetic ideas that were typical to the artistic-philosophical movement known as German Classicism, especially in regard to three of it's most representative figures, namely, Winckelmann, Schiller and Goethe. That goal will be pursued through: 1) a historical-factual study concerning the contacts Schopenhauer had with authors and works related to the mentioned cultural movement, aiming at the obtainment of a chronological view of those contacts; 2) a comparative study between the theoretical content of Schopenhauer's aesthetic conceptions and that presented in the works of some classicist authors that may reveal themselves to be of particular importance in this context. That study will have it's point of departure in an appreciation of the role played by the notion of form ("Form" and "Gestalt") in Schopenhauer's aesthetics, by means of which I will also be seeking to establish a connection between that meaning of form and the schopenhauerian doctrine of the platonic ideas. (AU)

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