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Walter PaterIndividualism and Aesthetic Philosophy$
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Kate Hext

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646258

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.001.0001

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Conclusion: ‘the elusive inscrutable mistakable self’

Conclusion: ‘the elusive inscrutable mistakable self’

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(p.183) Chapter 10 Conclusion: ‘the elusive inscrutable mistakable self’
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Walter Pater
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Kate Hext

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.003.0010

This chapter draws together the argument of Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy. It concludes that Pater's central motivating concern is with the reconception of the individual under the emerging conditions of modernity. Furthermore, in so doing, Pater creates a unique dialogue with academic philosophy which ultimately rejects the idea that the language and terms of philosophy could adequately conceive the subjective self. This final chapter considers how Pater's individualism is related to his own shadowy personal identity.

Keywords:   Walter Pater's biography, Individualism, Aesthetic philosophy, Modernism

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