Karl Axelsson

PhD

Senior Lecturer

The research project Reassessing the Rise of Aesthetics. Aesthetic Heteronomy from Shaftesbury to Schelling (RJ)

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I am Research Fellow in Comparative Literature and Senior Lecturer in Aesthetics at the School of Culture and Education. I have previously held positions as Research Fellow and Lecturer in Aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University (2012–2015) and as Associate of King’s College, University of Cambridge (2014 and 2015). I was awarded Wenner-Gren Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to King’s College, 2008–2010. I have also been Visiting Fellow at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (2010) and at the Faculty of English (Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies) in Cambridge (2014 and 2016). I am co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(Routledge, 2020). My latest monograph is Political Aesthetics, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/political-aesthetics-9781350077751/external link, opens in new window

Publications (books)

  • Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy (co-editors Mattias Pirholt and Camilla Flodin)
  • Political Aesthetics: Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals, and Society(London: Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • Swedish translation of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody. Being a Recital of Certain Conversations on Natural and Moral Subjects(forthcoming Thales, 2019)
  • The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions, diss. Uppsala University (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007)
  • Tystnad Tagning[on the Regional History of Swedish Cinema, 1919–1968] (Torsby: Heidrun, 2000)

Selected Essays and Reviews

  • ”Reassessing the Rise of Aesthetics: Aesthetic Heteronomy from Shaftesbury to Hölderlin,” in Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy (co-written with Mattias Pirholt and Camilla Flodin) [peer reviewed]
  • “Obstinate Origins: Aesthetics and Natural Society”, in Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy [peer reviewed]
  • “Introduction,” to the Swedish translation of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody. Being a Recital of Certain Conversations on Natural and Moral Subjects, ed. and trans. Karl Axelsson (forthcoming, Stockholm: Thales, 2019)
  • “Shaftesbury om poetisk sanning och det naturliga samhället” [Shaftesbury on poetical truth and natural society], Lychnos: An Annual for History of Ideas and Science(Swedish Society for the History of Science and Ideas), 2017, 11–26 [peer reviewed]
  • “Contemplation or Manipulation? Aesthetic Perspectives on Nature and Animals from Shaftesbury to Bio-Art,” International Yearbook of Aesthetics(Santa Cruz, California: International Association for Aesthetics, 2017), 29–41 [peer reviewed]
  • “Shaftesbury på svenska: Moralisterna, Richard Hejll och översättandets konst [Shaftesbury in Swedish: The Moralists, Richard Hejll, and the art of translation], Biblis(National Library of Sweden, Stockholm), no. 76, 2016/2017, 43–47
  • “A Realized Disposition: Shaftesbury on Natural Affections and Taste,” in New Ages, New Opinions: Shaftesbury in his World and Today, ed. Patrick Müller (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014), 27–44 [peer reviewed]
  • “‘Taste is not to conform to the art, but the art to the taste’: Aesthetic Instrumentalism and the British Body Politic in the Neoclassical Age,” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, vol. 5, 2013, 16 pp., DOI: 10.3402/jac.v5i0.21096 [peer reviewed]
  • “Shaftesbury auf Deutsch: Estetik, Bildungoch ett intresselöst intresse [Shaftesbury auf Deutsch: Aesthetics, Bildung, and a disinterested interest], Biblis(National Library of Sweden, Stockholm), no. 63, 2013, 62–67
  • “De brittiska moralisterna: Konsten att bilda ett smakomdöme och förnedra en slav” [The British Moralists: The art of forming a judgment of taste and humiliating a slave], Subaltern(Bokförlaget h:ström – Text & Kultur), no. 4, 2012, 60–63
  • Review of Maria Semi’s Music as a Science of Mankind in Eighteenth-Century Britain(Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), Eighteenth-Century Music(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), vol. 10, no. 1, 2013, 16–18
  • Review of Jenny Davidson’s Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century(New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), English Studies. A Journal of English Language and Literature(Routledge/Taylor & Francis), vol. 93, no. 4, 2012, 493–495
  • “Mellan känslor och normer: Hume om smakomdömet och kritikern” [Emotions and norms: Hume on the judgment of taste and the critic], in Förnuft, Känsla, Moral: perspektiv på David Hume, ed. Robert Callergård (Stockholm: Thales, 2011), 13–33 [peer reviewed]
  • “The (Un)changing Nature: Judgment of Taste and Bildungin The Tatler,The Spectator, and The Guardianin the Early Eighteenth Century,”Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011, 72–92 [peer reviewed]
  • “Konst och Moral i 1700-talets Storbritannien” [Art and morals in eighteenth century Britain], Tvärsnitt, Swedish Research Council, no. 3, 2009, 35–38
  • “Joseph Addison and General Education: Moral Didactics in Early Eighteenth Century Britain,” Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, no. 2, 2009, 144–166 [peer reviewed]
  • “Könsspecifika erfarenheter och transpersonen i akademin” [Gender specific experiences and transgender in the academy], Tidningen Kulturen, 16.4.2009
  • “Joseph Addison och The Spectator– Borgerlighetens folkbildare” [Joseph Addison and The Spectator– educators of the middle class], Noesis. Idéhistorisk tidskrift, Stockholm University, no. 4, 2008, 5–13
  • Review of Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology(Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, eds. Steven M. Cahn and Aaron Meskin) and English Literature in Context(Cambridge: CUP, 2008, ed. Paul Poplawski), TFL – Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, no. 2, 2008, 94–98
  • “Kulturindustrin” [The culture industry], Dagens Nyheter, 11.2.2008 (co-author Dr Camilla Flodin, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University)
  • “Hyllning till osäkerhetens skönhetsvärde,” an essay on Alexander Nehamas’ Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art(Princeton: PUP, 2007), Svenska Dagbladet, 13.7.2007
  • “Höjd över livets medelmåttiga stunder,” an essay on James Kirwan’s Sublimity: The Non-Rational and the Irrational in the History of Aesthetics(New York: Routledge, 2005), Svenska Dagbladet, 28.9.2005
  • “Från idé till fantasi. Om modernitet och modernism” [From idea to imagination: On modernity and modernism], Valör. Konstvetenskapliga studier, Department of Art History, Uppsala University, no. 2–3, 2003, 7–21
  • “Queer på film” [Queer in cinema], Upsala Nya Tidning, 26.10.2001

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