LOUIS ARNAUD REID
FEW SUBJECTS IN AESTHETICS have been more discussed of recent years than the subject of the relation of the "form" and the "content" of art. Sometimes the terms of the title are these, sometimes they are different: here it is "expression" versus "subject-matter," there it is "beauty" versus "morals": yesterday it was "art for art's sake." Within a month of the present paper two distinguished thinkers, Mr. Roger Fry and Mr. R. G. Collingwood are speaking,1 the one on "Representation in Art," the other on "Form and Content" in Art. The title of my own essay might be written more fully, "The relation of the significance of artistic content to artistic expression, and the contribution of each to beauty."
I propose to begin by writing down a number of statements by contemporary writers, in order to show clearly the kind of problem with which we are faced. The writers fall on two sides, one side being composed, I fear, solely of Mr. I. A. Richards, the valiant and brilliant author of The Principles of Literary Criticism. I will take him second. The other side is larger. On it is found Mr. A. C. Bradley, with whom we may begin.____________________