By Friedrich Schiller
The specific topic of the better a part of the letters and essays of Schiller contained during this quantity is Aesthetics; and ahead of passing to any comments on his therapy of the topic it will likely be valuable to provide a couple of observations at the nature of this subject, and on its remedy by way of the philosophical spirit of alternative ages.
First, then, aesthetics has for its item the huge realm of the gorgeous, and it can be so much accurately outlined because the philosophy of paintings or of the advantageous arts. to a few the definition could appear arbitrary, as except the attractive in nature; however it will stop to seem so whether it is remarked that the wonder that's the murals is greater than common good looks, since it is the offspring of the brain. in addition, if, in conformity with a undeniable university of contemporary philosophy, the brain be seen because the precise being, together with all in itself, it has to be admitted that attractiveness is simply really attractive whilst it stocks within the nature of brain, and is mind’s offspring.
Viewed during this mild, the great thing about nature is barely a mirrored image of the great thing about the brain, simply a less than perfect attractiveness, which as to its essence is integrated in that of the brain. Nor has it ever entered into the brain of any philosopher to enhance the attractive in usual items, to be able to convert it right into a technology and a approach. the sector of average good looks is simply too doubtful and too fluctuating for this goal. additionally, the relation of attractiveness in nature and wonder in paintings varieties part of the technological know-how of aesthetics, and reveals back its right place…
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We know that man is neither exclusively matter nor exclusively spirit. Accordingly, beauty as the consummation of humanity, can neither be exclusively mere life, as has been asserted by sharp-sighted observers, who kept too close to the testimony of experience, and to which the taste of the time would gladly degrade it; Nor can beauty be merely form, as has been judged by speculative sophists, who departed too far from experience, and by philosophic artists, who were led too much by the necessity of art in explaining beauty; it is rather the common object of both impulses, that is of the play instinct.
It is not because we think, feel, and will that we are; it is not because we are that we think, feel, and will. We are because we are. We feel, think, and will because there is out of us something that is not ourselves. Consequently the person must have its principle of existence in itself, because the permanent cannot be derived from the changeable, and thus we should be at once in possession of the idea of the absolute being, founded on itself; that is to say, of the idea of freedom. The condition must have a foundation, and as it is not through the person, and is not therefore absolute, it must be a sequence and a result; and thus, in the second place, we should have arrived at the condition of every independent being, of everything in the process of becoming something else: that is, of the idea of tine.
How evident it is that the accidental disadvantages attending liberal culture would make them lose sight of its essential advantages? The man deficient in form despises the grace of diction as a means of corruption, courtesy in the social relations as dissimulation, delicacy and generosity in conduct as an affected exaggeration. He cannot forgive the favorite of the Graces for having enlivened all assemblies as a man of the world, of having directed all men to his views like a statesman, and of giving his impress to the whole century as a writer: while he, the victim of labor, can only obtain with all his learning, the least attention or overcome the least difficulty.
Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays by Friedrich Schiller