Alison, Archibald (1757–1839)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB002-1
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List of works

  • Alison, A. (1790) Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste, London.

    (Alison’s principal work went through a number of editions in the nineteenth century, but there is no modern reprint.)

References and further reading

  • Dickie, G. (1974) Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    (In the first part of his theory, Dickie traces the rise of the concept of aesthetic experience and rejects Stolnitz’s interpretation of Alison.)

  • Hipple, W. (1957) The Beautiful, the Sublime, and the Picturesque in Eighteenth-century British Aesthetic Theory, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

  • Kant, I. (1790) Kritik der Urteilskraft, Berlin: Lagarde; trans. J.C. Meredith, as Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1911; repr. as Kant’s Critique of Judgement, trans. J.C. Meredith, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952.

    (Kant’s Critique of Judgement is his primary critical treatment of aesthetic issues. It is the third and final of Kant’s Critiques, in which he integrates the realms of theory and value, both aesthetic and moral.)

  • Kivy, P. (1976) The Seventh Sense, New York: Franklin.

    (Traces the concept of internal sense through eighteenth-century aesthetics.)

  • McCosh, J. (1875) The Scottish Philosophy New York: Carter; repr. Bristol: Thoemmes, 1990; New York: AMS Press, 1980.

    (Brief biographical sketch and commentary.)

  • Stolnitz, J. (1961) ‘On the Origins of Aesthetic Disinterestedness’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 20: 131–143.

    (Stolnitz identifies Alison as the first aesthetic attitude theorist.)

  • Townsend, D. (1988) ‘Archibald Alison: Aesthetic Experience and Emotion’, British Journal of Aesthetics 28: 132–144.

    (Places Alison’s theory in the context of shifting empiricist problems.)

Citing this article:
Townsend, Dabney. Bibliography. Alison, Archibald (1757–1839), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB002-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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