By Friedrich Schiller
The designated topic of the larger a part of the letters and essays of Schiller contained during this quantity is Aesthetics; and earlier than passing to any comments on his remedy of the topic it will likely be worthy to provide a couple of observations at the nature of this subject, and on its remedy via the philosophical spirit of other ages.
First, then, aesthetics has for its item the significant realm of the gorgeous, and it can be such a lot accurately outlined because the philosophy of artwork or of the superb arts. to a couple the definition could seem arbitrary, as except the attractive in nature; however it will stop to seem so whether it is remarked that the sweetness that's the murals is better than usual attractiveness, since it is the offspring of the brain. additionally, if, in conformity with a undeniable college of recent philosophy, the brain be seen because the actual being, together with all in itself, it has to be admitted that attractiveness is just really appealing while it stocks within the nature of brain, and is mind’s offspring.
Viewed during this mild, the great thing about nature is simply a mirrored image of the great thing about the brain, simply a less than perfect attractiveness, which as to its essence is incorporated in that of the brain. Nor has it ever entered into the brain of any philosopher to improve the attractive in usual gadgets, with the intention to convert it right into a technology and a approach. the sector of typical attractiveness is just too doubtful and too fluctuating for this function. in addition, the relation of attractiveness in nature and sweetness in paintings varieties part of the technological know-how of aesthetics, and unearths back its right place…
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Therefore these two impulsions are not divided by nature, and if, nevertheless, they appear so, it is because they have become divided by transgressing nature freely, by ignoring themselves, and by confounding their spheres. The office of culture is to watch over them and to secure to each one its proper limits; therefore culture has to give equal justice to both, and to defend not only the rational impulsion against the sensuous, but also the latter against the former. Hence she has to act a twofold part: first, to protect sense against the attacks of freedom; secondly, to secure personality against the power of sensations.
He must set the world before him because he is a person, and he must be a person because he has the world before him. " It is only in conformity with this idea that he is a man in the full sense of the word; but he cannot be convinced of this so long as he gives himself up exclusively to one of these two impulsions, or only satisfies them one after the other. For as long as he only feels, his absolute personality and existence remain a mystery to him, and as long as he only thinks, his condition or existence in time escapes him.
I do not speak of those who calumniate art because they have never been favored by it. These persons only appreciate a possession by the trouble it takes to acquire it, and by the profit it brings: and how could they properly appreciate the silent labor of taste in the exterior and interior man? 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.