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

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PREFACE

WHEN first I undertook the study of the theory of Art, many years ago, I was impressed by the emphasis of pleasure attainment in all descriptions of art works, and by the emphatic pleasurableness of my own mental state during the contemplation of artistic productions.

My thought being thus turned to the consideration of the relation of æsthetics to hedonics, I was led to make a careful study of the psychology of pleasure and of its correlate pain: the results of this study I here lay before those who may be interested.

This book has been long in preparation. It cannot in any sense be said to be a compilation, although I have already published in Mind the outline of certain portions of the arguments here presented, with the hope thus of obtaining criticism and an interchange of views with others. I count it one of the rewards of my labour that I was thus led to feel the inspiriting influence of the late Professor Croom Robertson's personality. His death has been felt by me as a personal loss, as it has been by all psychologists, even where, as in my own case, circumstances necessarily limited

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