Elements of Metaphysics

Elements of Metaphysics

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...arisen, as we might conjecture, through Aristotle associating wrongly two perfectly right observations. He noticed how art often calms marvellously the excitement of the mind (Polit. 8, 7, p. I342 A 8 sq.)On the other hand he could not fail to observe that, by the contemplation of a work of art, certain emotions are stirred within us (in tragedy, for example, fear and pity). But that these aesthetic emotions differ toto genere from those of practical life, that their relation to these is that of the supramundane to the mundane, of the metaphysical to the physical, from seeing this Aristotle was prevented by the restriction of his view to the empirical world. Appealing to a single case (p. I342 A 8) he co-ordinates, without being aware of the;.oe'ra'Ban9 ei9 z'z'7.7to ryevo9, both kinds of emotions and looks merely at the difference in their practical results. Art thus becomes for him the means of procuring relief from emotion not, as in life, with subsequent suffering, but with delight (rcovglu'eo'Oar., u.e0' 1j8ow"79), and of enjoying a harmless pleasure (xapav z'z,87a,8fi) unattended by evils. Two thousand years passed away before the need was felt of advancing beyond the aesthetic views of Aristotle. ' I97. It was Kant who here also laid a new foundation, in going back from the comparing contemplation of beautiful objects in nature and art to the contemplating subject, in order to analyse (after the less important attempts of others) for the first time seriously and penetratingly the feeling called forth in us by the beautiful, and with it the real root of the aesthetic phenomenon. He defined the feeling for the beautiful as a delight, to which, amongst other qualities, he ascribed that of being...
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