About us / Staff

Karl Axelsson

Contact information

Karl Axelsson
Researcher
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Phone: +46 8 608 5288
PA 204c Primus
Publications

In: Lychnos. Göteborg : Lärdomshistoriska Samfundet, 2017. 11-26.

One of the most original voices in British post-revolutionary philosophy belongs to the third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671–1713). Rather than supporting the Hobbesian and Lockean idea of modern political society as an artificially formed creation, Shaftesbury perceives society as a beneficial outcome of nature and natural rationality. Shaftes­bury’s understanding of natural society is furthermore entwined with aesthetic mat­ters. The aim of the following article is twofold. First, due to the fact that Shaftesbury’s ideas rarely are analysed in any detail by Swedish scholars, it offers an introduction to Shaftesbury’s take on the complex relation between society and poetry to readers of eighteenth-century intellectual history in general, and readers of the history of literature in particular. Second, given that Shaftesbury is frequently regarded as the first modern advocate of aesthetic autonomy, I wish to problematize such an account by showing how Shaftesbury opposes the idea that poetry holds an instrumental value for society, while he simultaneously maintains the inseparability of poetical truth, artistic whole, and political naturalism. As this article shows, the Promethean myth of creativity is central for Shaftesbury’s understanding of the relation between society and poetry.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Karl Axelsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2017

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Comparative Literature

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Retracing the Past. Santa Cruz, California : International Association for Aesthetics, 2017. 29-41.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Camilla Flodin

Karl Axelsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2017

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Comparative Literature

Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Coauthor, Södertörn University

Year of publication

Type of publication

Type of content