Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (July 17, 1714 – May 26, 1762) was a German philosopher. He was a follower of Leibniz and Christian Wolff, and gave the term aesthetics its modern meaning. While Baumgarten saw himself as only a modest developer of the Wolffian system, and none of his particular views are particularly noteworthy, he nevertheless played an important role in the progression of German philosophy from Leibniz and Wolff to Kant and the later German Idealists. Baumgarten resisted the idea that our mental life was best described in logical terms, and insisted that certain features of our perception (most clearly manifested in our perceptions of artwork) required a somewhat different philosophical approach.
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