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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Rachel E. Zuckert (Project Director: March 2006 to February 2009)

Seminars for Higher Education Faculty
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$119,426 (approved)
$119,426 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2006 – 10/31/2007

The Aesthetics of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Beyond

A three-week summer seminar for fifteen college and university teachers on the aesthetic ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment and their influence on near-contemporary German philosophers, to be held at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

This three week seminar for college teachers, led by Professors Paul Guyer of the University of Pennsylvania and Rachel Zuckert of Rice University, is designed to afford participants an opportunity to study central works in philosophical aesthetics by figures of the Socttish Enlightenment, and their (near) contemporary reception in German enlightenment aesthetics. The seminar sessions will investigate not only philosophical theories concerning the nature of genius and of taste, and the varieties of aesthetic experience, but also the way in which these considerations inform, expand, and qualify broader Enlightenment political and scientific projects. The seminar will be based at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, which will allow participants to use the archives at the National Library of Scotland, the world's foremost collection of Scottish Enlightenment works. This seminar should be of interest to applicants in philosophy, history, art history, and literary studies.