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ERIC Number: EJ790071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Walter Pater's "Winckelmann"
Carrier, David
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v35 n1 p99-109 Spr 2001
In his recent book, "The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault," Alexander Nehamas presents two conceptions of philosophy--philosophy as a theorethical discipline concerned to offer arguments; and the interest of Socrates, Montaigne, and also Nietzsche and Foucault in the art of living. Building on his "Nietzsche: Life as Literature," Nehamas claims that constructing a self is both "a literary and philosophical accomplishment." It is a philosophical accomplishment because it requires holding views about philosophical issues and it is a literary accomplishment "because the connection between those philosophical views is not only a matter of systematic logical interrelations but also, more centrally, a matter of style." In this article, the author wants to test Nehamas' claims by applying them to Walter Pater's essay, "Winckelmann." In "Winckelmann," Pater recounts the life of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a historian of classical antiquity, and develops views about philosophical issues using literary structures that the author has reconstructed in this essay. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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