Croce’s Aesthetics




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[Revised entry by Gary Kemp on October 8, 2021.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The Neapolitan Benedetto Croce (1860 – 1952) was a dominant figure in the first half of the twentieth century in aesthetics and literary criticism, and to lesser but not inconsiderable extent in philosophy generally. But his fame did not last, either in Italy or in the English speaking world. He did not lack promulgators and willing translators into English: H. Carr was an early example of the former, R. G. Collingwood was perhaps both, and D. Ainslie did the latter service for most of Croce’s principal works. But his star…

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