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Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Issue no.2 /2010


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Images and Shadows: Levinas and the Ambiguity of the Aesthetic    
Perspektive, Symbol und symbolische Form. Zum Verhältnis Cassirer – Panofsky    
Carl Heinrich Seibts Prager Vorlesungen aus den Schönen Wissenschaften.Zu den Anfängen der universitären Ästhetik in Böhmen    
Die Lehren einer Fußnote.Die Wirkung der Ästhetik- und Gesellschaftstheorie von Burke auf die Ästhetikkonzeption von A. G. Szerdahely    
Translated Title: Lessons from the Footnotes: The Reception of Burke’s Aesthetics and Social Theory in Szerdahely’s Conception of Aesthetics
Publication: Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics (2/2010)
Author Name: Balogh, Piroska;
Language: German
Subject: Philosophy
Issue: 2/2010
Page Range: 193-214
No. of Pages: 22
File size: 173 KB
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Summary: This article discusses the early phase of the Hungarian reception of the aesthetic views
of Edmund Burke. It does so by considering two reference works on aesthetics, one by
György Alajos Szerdahely (1740–1808), the other by Johann Ludwig Schedius (1768–1847).
Both authors were, in their day and later, well known amongst the scholars of Europe.
Their reference works became university textbooks, and should therefore not now be
neglected. The specialist literature has, however, to this day one-sidedly interpreted
their conceptions as eclectic mixtures of German, English, and French works on
aesthetics. In this article, the author seeks to surmount the poor methodology and
unsatisfactory conclusions concerning the reception of foreign authorities in Hungarian
aesthetics. She does so by using the example of Burke, reconstructing the context
of the places that he is mentioned, presenting them as period topoi, and analysing
the narrative strategies of the two Hungarian authors. These approaches allow her
more profoundly to explore the relationship between Burke’s Enquiry and the two
reference works. In the foreground of the comparison are the key terms ‘beauty’ and
‘the sublime’, the use of narration and metaphor, and also reflections on art, society,
and sociability.
Keywords: Burke E.; Szerdahely G. A.; Schedius J. L.; Hungarian aesthetics; beauty; sublime
Karol Kuzmány: On Beauty    
The Aesthetic Dimension of Visual Culture (conference report)    
The Third ‘Beauty, Landscape, and Nature’ Conference: ‘The Forest: The Environment from an Aesthetic Point of View’ (conference report)    
The 2010 Annual Conference of the European Society for Aesthetics (conference report)    
Artistic Revolutions: The 38th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics (conference report)    
Lubomír Doležel. Possible Worlds of Fiction and History: The Postmodern Stage (review)