The Teaching of Good Taste As a State Interest II: The Conclusion of Early Prague University Aesthetics in its Central European Contexts, 1805–1848, is the second in a two-book study of the aesthetics taught at Prague University from the establishment of the first chair of esthetics (1763) up to the revolutionary year of 1848. The topic had previously received some attention from literary historians working on German- and Czech-language literature in Bohemia, both of which took direction and inspiration from these professors and their instruction. Tomáš Hlobil aims to reexamine the conclusions of that work and integrate it into the larger history of aesthetics. That larger history has mostly ignored such areas, he argues, because of its tendency to focus teleologically on the development of great aesthetic ideas (and so mostly looks at Kant and his followers in this period) and because most of the sources for university instruction...

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