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Nicholas L. Guardiano is a philosopher and research specialist overseeing the American philosophy collection at the Morris Library archives.
Chapter 1: Poetic Sights/Sites of Nature
Chapter 2: The Trichotomic Logic of the Universe
Chapter 3: The Aesthetic Consequences of Cosmology
Chapter 4: The Philosophy of Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting
Chapter 5: Conclusion: Transcendentalist Vistas
In Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting, Nicholas Guardiano makes a case for aesthetic transcendentalism employing the work of Peirce, Emerson, and the Hudson School painters. Guardiano employs the inherent affinities in the pragmatic and transcendentalist traditions, affinities that are often overlooked, to make an argument concerning the aesthetic importance of nature—an importance that is both ontologically inherent and instrumentally useful for human culture. There are some wonderful old ideas here put to work to create new philosophical possibilities for the twenty-first century.
— Douglas R. Anderson, University of North Texas
Aesthetic Transcendentalism constitutes a truly original understanding of the complex connections between philosophy, literature and the arts, in America's 19th century. New roads are opened in an intertwining of logic and aesthetics, pointing to all forms of knowledge, and profiting from inverted perspectives: exactitude in poetry and elasticity in science. The study of the Hudson School in landscape painting, through the lenses of some of 19th century Masters (Peirce, Emerson), proves to be a unique contribution to the understanding of the richness of American imagination and thought.
— Fernando Zalamea, Universidad Nacional de Colombia