This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... so that they could be applied to all of life, then surely with this, as with all else of human attainment, its commonplaceness would involve loss of interest for us, and in the end our race would be deprived of one of the best gifts and of one of the strongest of incentives to noble action; that is the capacity to appreciate and the tendency to search for new expressions of beauty. But the doctrine here defended enables us to look forward to an ever new and ever higher conception of beauty, arising as man develops towards nobility and perfection. As these standards are determined by subjective states, as they differ with human attainment and enlightenment, so evidently must they be determined by our character; as that develops towards higher worth, so will our estimate of Ideal Beauty continue to develop, ever disclosing to our view new glories, and bringing to us new enthusiasms; so will beauty continue to enlighten our path and alleviate the burdens of life, and still remain as an incentive to nobler living and higher thinking. Before we turn from this subject of standards I will again remind my reader of a point touched upon in the preceding chapter. Hedonism in Esthetics is for many difficult to accept, because it seems to them to savour of what is ordinarily called Epicureanism. If it were true that sestheticism merely teaches selfish pleasure-getting, if the artist were led to work merely to give pleasure that he might thus gain advantage to himself, then surely we could not complain if our ethical masters were to renew ascetic attacks upon all emphasis of aesthetic culture. But as we have already seen, there is no warrant under our theory for any such view. The artist follows, blindly as to the end in view, the voice of a leader, ..