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- DescriptionThis is the first modern edition of one of Kamess most influential works. When it first appeared, in 1762, it was the most comprehensive philosophical work on 'criticism' in English, and was published in five editions during Kamess lifetime and ather forty editions over the next century. In America, 'Elements of Criticism' served as a standard text for college students of English, t least because the work is richly illustrated with examples from classical literature and the arts of Kamess day. In Elements, Kames sets out his argument that the 'science of criticism' is a 'rational science'; it is 'a subject of reasoning as well as of taste'. By examining human reactions to art and literature, Kames believed that we could enhance our understanding of the human mind, just as an understanding of the mind could enrich our responses to the arts. Volume one explores the nature and causes of the emotions and passions. Volume two delineates principles of rhetoric and literary appreciation, ending with a discussion of the formation of a standard of taste. Kames illustrated both volumes with a vast range of examples from classical literature and the arts of his own day. With this publication, Liberty Fund makes a modern version of this influential work available for the first time. The Liberty Fund edition is based on the text of the sixth edition of 1785, which was the last authorised by Kames himself.
- Author BiographyHenry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) was one of the leaders of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was notable for his social influence and his service as a judge in the supreme courts of Scotland. His works were central to the expression of 'enlightenment' and 'natural law' in the Scottish context. Kames mentored Adam Smith, and his friends included David Hume and James Boswell.
- Author(s)Henry Home,Henry Home Kames
- PublisherLiberty Fund Inc
- Date of Publication18/07/2005
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationIndianapolis, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLiberty Fund Inc
- Content Noteillus
- Weight1392 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine58 mm
- Edited byPeter Jones
- Contained items statement2 Paperbacks
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