My Chapter Upon Lines: Motion, Deviation, and Lineation in Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics

作者： | Scott R MacKenzie |

刊名： | Criticism, 2019, Vol.61 (1) |

来源数据库： | Wayne State University Press |

原始语种摘要： | This essay argues that the eighteenth-century emergence of algebraic and arithmetic methods that require only numeric operators and that do not base their claims to truth upon Euclidean axiomatic geometric magnitudes and relations (lines, angles, proportions) transformed the ontological status of lines. For classicist geometers, the points and magnitudes of Euclid had a status akin to the Longinian sublime: the classical line is not simply a symbol mediating an absent truth; rather, the classical line should be understood as the thing itself. After arithmetization, however, the line is only an inscription, another symbol among many, subject to the gulf between signifier and signified. It is also relegated to an effect of, rather than the organizing principle of, motion, and hence enters... |

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