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Andrew Bowie

INTRODUCTION Aesthetics and modernity In recent years it has become apparent that many questions which first became manifest during the emergence of philosophical aesthetics at the end of the eighteenth century play a decisive role both in mainstream philosophy and in literary theory. The critiques of the idea that the world is ‘ready-made’ by Hilary Putnam and other pragmatically oriented thinkers, the concomitant attention by Nelson Goodman, Richard Rorty and others to the ‘world-making’ aspects of language, the related moves in the philosophy of language on

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What does race have to do with the Yugoslav region?
Catherine Baker

as a region) not as analytics for separate parts of the world but as descriptions of two twentieth-century world-historical transformations which both had global reach. Sharad Chari and Katherine Verdery, a geographer of capitalism and an anthropologist of postsocialism, respectively, termed this agenda ‘thinking between the posts’, urging scholars not to divide the globe into one sphere defined by the end of empire and another defined by the end of the Cold War; their 2009 article epitomised efforts in literary theory, social/cultural history and gender studies

in Race and the Yugoslav region
Andrew Bowie

individuality. Despite these difficulties, Benjamin’s account of endless reflection can be productively linked to both a theory of the work of art and a theory of language which point forward to many of the issues of contemporary literary theory. Benjamin’s account comes close to Schelling’s contention that artworks can be endlessly interpreted ‘as if they contained an infinity of intentions, whereby one can never say whether this infinity lay in the artist himself or just in the work of art’ (Schelling I/3 p. 620). The similarity is a result of the fact that in both artworks are

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
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Art and interpretation
Andrew Bowie

contemporary literary theory, in which the boundaries between linguistic communities become uncrossable. One of the most productive aspects of Schleiermacher’s work is its rejection of naive versions of relativism and its insistence on truth and objectivity. At the same time, he gives full weight to the fact that the problems involved both in communication within languages and translation between them deeply affect the nature of the philosophical enterprise, rendering it inherently impossible to complete in the manner demanded by traditional metaphysics. Although he is

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
Fichte, Hölderlin and Novalis
Andrew Bowie

. However, like so many of his contemporaries, he did not regard the boundaries between forms of theoretical and creative activity as fixed, and his philosophy is an integral part of a wider project which includes scientific and literary work. One of the main reasons why Novalis has become the focus of recent attention is that he asks questions about subjectivity which already involve issues relating to the ‘subversion of the subject’ which has become the theme of so much recent theoretical discussion. Claims in certain areas of contemporary European philosophy and literary

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