Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Vorlesungen über die Aesthetik [Essays on Aesthetics]

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  • Andrew Sola (University of Maryland - University College)

Why must one turn either the creation of art or the appreciation of art into a rigorous philosophical discipline? After all, isn’t art simply a luxury that we appreciate in our spare time for amusement? And if art has a practical function, isn’t it merely to develop our moral faculties through the imaginative practice of putting ourselves in another’s place? Also, with respect to the continuous debates about good and bad art, doesn’t the appreciation of art simply boil down to an issue of taste anyway? When compared to reality, isn’t art simply a deceptive facsimile of it? Lastly, doesn’t art, since it springs forth from the imaginative capacities of the mind, resist any …


Citation:
Sola, Andrew. "Vorlesungen über die Aesthetik". The Literary Encyclopedia.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8654, accessed 23 September 2014.]