This title explores how Walter Pater and his contemporary aesthetes were influenced by modern philosophies. Repositioning
Walter Pater at the philosophical nexus of Aestheticism, this study presents the first discussion of how Pater redefines Romantic
Individualism through his engagements with modern philosophical discourses and in the context of emerging modernity in Britain.
It also considers the dynamics between form and thought at the fin de siecle, contextualizing its comments in terms of Matthew
Arnold, Oscar Wilde, Vernon Lee and others, to offer a fully integrated account of the intellectual cultures and currents
in this period. It boldly reassesses Pater's intellectual significance, arguing that he self-consciously poised on the cusp
between late-Victorian Romanticism and Modernism. It imaginatively combines close readings with cultural and intellectual
history and biography to reconsider individualism and philosophical thought in the Aesthetic Movement. It provides the most
substantial scholarly engagement with Pater's unpublished manuscripts (held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University).