Peter W. Rosenberger '16, Gettysburg College
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In this paper, I will compare the aesthetic philosophies put forward in Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man and Plato's Republic. Using Schiller's more robust aesthetic philosophy and its political import, I will argue that the government of Plato's Republic would not create freedom for its citizens. Then, I will carry Schiller's aesthetics and politics forward to argue, using Freud and a number of thinkers who champion Freud’s work, that economic interests can also limit the freedoms of a nation's citizens. Finally, I will argue that Schiller's aesthetic philosophy can deliver a political freedom free from the state control depicted in Republic and the economic control of modern consumer culture.
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Rosenberger, Peter W., "Our Liberation and the Liberation of Our Images: Friedrich Schiller and the Politics of the Image" (2015). Student Publications. 547.