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Thomas Jefferson on Taste and the Fine Arts

by M. Andrew Holowchak

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Jefferson tended to classify the books of his libraries under the Baconian headings of memory, reason, and imagination, which corresponded to history, philosophy, and the fine arts. Thus, education in the Fine Arts, which Jefferson listed as eight, was considered an indispensible part of the life of an educated person—especially a Virginian. An educated person needed knowledge of architecture, gardening, painting, sculpture, rhetoric, belle lettres, poetry music, and criticism, considered as a sort of meta-art. Knowledge of such arts was indispensible because each person, thought Jefferson, was equipped with a faculty of taste as well as ratiocination and a moral-sense faculty—each of which required cultivation for human thriving. An uncultivated imagination would severely impair ratiocination and moral sensitivity.

This book is the first book-length attempt to flesh out and critically assess Jefferson’s views on taste and the Fine Arts. It is a must read for any serious biographer of Jefferson.

List of Figures

Preface

Part One: Belles Lettres

Chapter I The Art of Criticism

Chapter II The Art of Poetry

Chapter III The Arts of Rhetoric and Oratory

Part Two: Beaux Arts

Chapter IV The Art of Gardening

Chapter V The Art of Architecture

Chapter VI The Arts of Painting and Sculpture

Chapter VII The Art of Music

Postscript

Index

M. Andrew Holowchak, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy and history, who taught at institutions such as University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, and Rutgers University, Camden. He is editor of ‘Journal of Thomas Jefferson and His Time’ and author/editor of over 50 books and over 200 published essays on topics such as ethics, ancient philosophy, science, psychoanalysis, and critical thinking. His current research is on Thomas Jefferson—he is acknowledged by many scholars to be the world’s foremost authority—and he has published nearly 150 essays and 21 books on Jefferson. Holowchak has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy (Wayne State University), an M.A. in Philosophy (Wayne State), an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh), and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh).

Thomas Jefferson; Aesthetics; Fine Arts; Aesthetic sense; Lord Kames; Hugh Blair; belles lettres; beaux arts; gardening; criticism; poetry; architecture; painting; sculpture; music

Subjects
Art
Philosophy
Series
Series in American History
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Bibliographic Information

Book Title
Thomas Jefferson on Taste and the Fine Arts
ISBN
978-1-64889-478-7
Edition
1st
Number of pages
217
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
September 2022
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