Comparative Aesthetics Volume 3

Comparative Aesthetics Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...ejaculatory or imitative. " When," says Max Miiller, " man wished for the first time to grasp and express a distinction " (and it will be noticed that he could never have wished to do this until he had entirely passed the period of the formation of the very earliest words) " between the body and something else within him distinct from the body, an easy name that suggested itself was breath. The breath seemed something immaterial and almost invisible; and it was clearly connected with the life that pervaded the body, for as soon as the breath ceased the life of the body became extinct. Hence the Greek name fvxr?, which originally meant breath, was chosen to express at first the principle of life as distinguished from the decaying body, and afterwards the incorporeal, the immaterial, the undying, the undecaying, the immortal part of man, his soul, his mind, his self." There are other cases, however, in which the two things for which the same term is used may be compared; and in these cases, as has been said, there is a process analogous to that of forming words by imitation. As in imitation, a sound produced by the mouth is made to refer to an object producing a similar sound, because the two sounds are alike; so here a term used for one conception is made to refer to another, because the two conceptions are alike. Trench's " Study of Words," contains a large number of exemplifications of this. Notice, for instance, the way in which the word kind is derived from the word kin. In olden times, all were supposed to be enemies, except those belonging to the same tribe or of the same kin; only these therefore were kind to one another. But after a while all whose actions could be compared to those of kinned-men were called kind. Again, for centuries...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674316
  • 9781236674319