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Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy

Kate Hext


Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy combines close readings with cultural and intellectual history and biography to reconsider individualism and philosophical thought in the Aesthetic 'Movement'. Repositioning Walter Pater at the philosophical nexus of Aestheticism and Decadence, it argues that Pater redefines Romantic Individualism through his engagements with modern philosophical discourses in the context of emerging modernity in Britain. This study has two main aims: i) to argue that 'late-Romantic Individualism' and not art is at the heart of Paterian Aestheticism and ii) ... More

Keywords: Aestheticism, Decadence, Walter Pater, Individualism, Victorian Oxford, philosophy and literature, Aesthetic philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748646258
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Hext, author
University of Exeter