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By G. W. F. Hegel

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This is often the 1st of 2 volumes of the one English variation of Hegel's Aesthetics, the paintings during which he provides complete expression to his seminal concept of artwork. The large advent is his top exposition of his basic philosophy of paintings. partly I he considers the overall nature of artwork as a non secular adventure, distinguishes the wonderful thing about artwork and the great thing about nature, and examines creative genius and originality. half II surveys the background of artwork from the traditional international via to the top of the eighteenth century, probing the which means and importance of significant works. half III (in the second one quantity) bargains separately with structure, sculpture, portray, track, and literature; a wealthy array of examples makes bright his exposition of his thought.

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This effectiveness therefore requires a content which can exercise this purifying force, and, in so far as producing such an effect is supposed to constitute the substantial aim of art, the purifying content will have to be brought into consciousness in accordance with its universality and essentiality. (3P) From this latter point of view, the aim of art has been pronounced to be that it should instruct. e. in the satisfying enlistment of feelings and passions, and to that extent in a gusto, a pleasure, and delight in artistic subjects, in their representation and effect.

In general, as the foundation alike of intelligence and will, Kant took self-related rationality, freedom, self-consciousness finding and knowing itself as inherently infinite. This recognition of the absoluteness of reason in itself, which has occasioned philosophy's turning-point in modern times, this absolute starting-point, must be recognized, and, even if we pronounce Kant's philosophy to be inadequate, this feature in it is not to be refuted. But since Kant fell back again into the fixed opposition between subjective thinking and objective things, between the abstract universality and the sensuous individuality of the will, he it was above all who emphasized as supreme the afore-mentioned opposition in the moral life, since besides he exalted the practical side of the spirit above the theoretical.

For then the man contemplates his impulses and inclinations, and while previously they carried him reflectionless away, he now sees them outside himself and already begins - INTRODUCTION 49 to be free from them because they confront him as something objective. For this reason it may often be the case with an artist that, overtaken by grief, he mitigates and weakens for himself the intensity (of his own feeling by representing it in art. Tears, even, provide some comfort; at first entirely sunk and concentrated in grief, a man may then in this direct way utter this purely inward feeling.

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