Arts and the Man: A Short Introduction to Aesthetics

Arts and the Man: A Short Introduction to Aesthetics

Arts and the Man: A Short Introduction to Aesthetics

Arts and the Man: A Short Introduction to Aesthetics

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This book is intended, as it was originally, as a short introduction to aesthetics. It is not meant to initiate the reader into the categories of the subject as it is discussed in the dialectic of controversy. It is simply a consideration of the arts out of which aesthetic reflection arises, and the experience out of which the arts grow, which they clarify and which they enhance.

The occasion of a new edition, a new format, and a new and, I trust, more convenient title, offers an opportunity to expand one chapter which in the original edition was but a clue to what I have long wished to discuss more extensively: the relations of Art and Philosophy. For those relations seem to me to throw a fresh light at once on the significance of major art and on the imaginative meaning of major philosophies. In what sense art is important to a philosopher, in what respect philosophy is . . .

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