Meditationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus, in Aesthetica iterum edita ad exemplar prioris editionis annorum MDCCL-LVIII spatio impressae. Praepositae sunt Meditationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus ab eodem auctore editae anno MDCCXXXV, Barii, apud Jos. Laterza et filios, 1936, pp. 1-45.

Baumgarten presented the Meditationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus in 1735 to the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Halle as a dissertation for to obtain a readership. The Meditationes represent a short treatise on the theory of poetry containing various important anticipations of the monumental Aesthetica, which appeared in two volumes in 1750 and 1758 respectively. Developing certain theoretical acquisitons by Christian Wolff, in the Meditationes Baumgarten defines aesthetics as a “science of sensitive knowledge” (scientia sensitive quid cognoscendi) and hence related to the inferior cognitive faculty, whose objects are clear, but not distinct representations (the latter are the object of the superior cognitive faculty which operates according to logical rules). The ‘logic’ of sensitive knowledge functions according to the analogon rationis as a principle of sensitive connection of the representations.

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Editor's Note

In the transcription of the text there have also been considered the integrations adopted in the edition by Laterza (for example “saeculorum [saeclorum]”); the word between square brackets corrects the preceding word).