Friedrich Schiller: Über Anmut und Würde [On Grace and Dignity]

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  • Christophe Fricker (Duke University )

In his essay Über Anmut und Würde [On Grace and Dignity, 1793], Schiller continues to explore notions of outer and of inner beauty, building on his definition in the Kallias letters of beauty as “Freiheit in der Erscheinung” [freedom in appearance]. Looking for an objective principle of beauty and making the case that reason can be seen, Schiller goes beyond Kantian moral philosophy – and also beyond the mere aesthetic, concerning himself with moral and anthropological aspects of beauty as well. Having studied Kant’s Kritik der Urteilskraft [Critique of Judgment, 1790] in some detail, Schiller sees his enquiry …

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Fricker, Christophe. "Über Anmut und Würde". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2007
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]