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By Birgit Mara Kaiser

A attention-grabbing comparability of the paintings of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a distinct constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an try and get well substitute conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of considering misplaced within the disciplinary narration of aesthetics after Kant. this is often performed essentially through tracing quite a few “simpletons” that populate the writings of Kleist and Melville. those figures usually are not totally ignorant, or silly, yet uncomplicated. Their simplicity is a fashion of considering, person who Birgit Mara Kaiser indicates is affective pondering. Kaiser avers that Kleist and Melville are experimenting of their texts with an affective mode of pondering, and thereby proceed a key line inside eighteenth-century aesthetics: the relation of rationality and sensibility. via her analyses, she deals an summary of what pondering can appear like if we take affectivity into consideration.

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