Gerard, Alexander (1728–95)
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List of works
Gerard, A. (1759) An Essay on Taste, London: Miller; 3rd edn repr. Gainsville, FL: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1963.
(Gerard’s prize essay for The Edinburgh Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Sciences, Manufactures and Agriculture. The Essay on Taste shifts internal sense toward a theory of imagination and association. Includes a useful introduction by W.J. Hipple, Jr.)
Gerard, A. (1774) An Essay on Genius, London: Strahan; repr. ed.
Fabian, Munich: Fink.
(Less widely read because it fails to break new ground. Continues Gerard’s emphasis on imagination and association as the leading concepts of an aesthetic psychology.)
References and further reading
Dickie, G. (1996) The Century of Taste, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(A defence of Hume against the forms of association advocated by Alison and Gerard.)
Kivy, P. (1976) The Seventh Sense, New York: Burt Franklin.
(Traces the concept of internal sense through eighteenth-century aesthetics.)
McCosh, J. (1875) The Scottish Philosophy, New York: Carter, 1911–2; repr. Bristol: Thoemmes, 1990.
(Brief biographical sketch and commentary.)
Stulmitz, J. (1961) ‘Beauty: Some Stages in the History of Ideas’, Journal of the History of Ideas
(Locates Gerard as the mediator between the internal sense theory of Hutcheson and the associationism of A. Alison.)
Townsend, D. (1987) ‘From Shaftesbury to Kant’, Journal of the History of Ideas
(Traces the development of the empiricist tradition, including Gerard. Argues that activity of the mind is more important than association or sense to Gerard.)
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