Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Bernard Bosanquet

What was Bernard Bosanquet’s aesthetic theory?

Bosanquet, in his A History of Aesthetic (1892), provided an historical development of beauty. In the ancient world, beauty was imitation, whereas in Hegel’s objective idealist philosophy, beauty is reality itself. Following Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), he held that we experience objects as beautiful because they present the structures and organizing qualities of reason in perceptible forms.


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