Pain, Pleasure, and Aesthetics: An Essay concerning the Psychology of Pain and Pleasure, with Special Reference to Aesthetics

Pain, Pleasure, and Aesthetics: An Essay concerning the Psychology of Pain and Pleasure, with Special Reference to Aesthetics

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Pain, Pleasure, and Aesthetics: An Essay concerning the Psychology of Pain and Pleasure, with Special Reference to Aesthetics

Pain, Pleasure, and Aesthetics: An Essay concerning the Psychology of Pain and Pleasure, with Special Reference to Aesthetics

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A glance at the table of contents of this volume will make it evident to the reader that it deals principally with problems of Psychology. A book that contains on its titlepage the word "Æsthetics" will, however, be expected to appeal in some manner to the artist. The psychologist needs no other incentive than the scientist's curiosity to lead him to look through the pages which follow, provided he finds indications that his science is aided in any manner. But the artist, at the mere mention of psychology, will be apt to lay the book aside; and as I have some faint hope that I may help him or the cause which he has most at heart, I must beg him, even if he go no farther, to give a hearing to this introduction, in which I shall try to state as briefly as possible my notion of the relation that exists between art and science. This statement will indicate the point of view taken in the work to follow, and will bring into emphasis some facts which seem to me to be valuable to both artist and scientist.

That a sentiment of antagonism exists between the average artist and the average scientist I think must be taken for granted, and I shall ask why it exists, and whether it is reasonable. Is there not some misunderstanding be-

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