Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays, Vol. 5: The Ghost Seer and the Sport of Destiny (Classic Reprint)

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It is made a reproach to art that it produces its effects by appearance and illusion; but can it be established that appearance is objectionable? The phenomena of nature and the acts of human life are nothing more than appearances, and are yet looked upon as constituting a true reality; for this reality must be sought for beyond the objects perceived immediately by the sense, the substance and speech and principle underlying all things manifesting itself in time and space through these real existences, but preserving its absolute existence in itself. Now, the very special object and aim of art is to represent the action and development of this universal force. In nature this force or principle appears confounded with particular interests and transitory circumstances, mixed up with what is arbitrary in the passions and in indi vidual wills. Art sets the truth free from the illusory and mendacious forms of this coarse, imperfect world, and clothes it in'a nobler, purer form created by the mind itself. Thus the forms of art, far from being mere appearances, perfectly illusory, contain more reality and truth than the phenomenal existences of the real world. The world of art is truer than that of history or nature.

Nor is this all: the representations of art are more expressive and transparent than the phenomena of the real world or the events of history. The mind finds it harder to pierce through the hard envelope of nature and common life than to penetrate into works of art.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Friedrich Schiller


Published Date - August 27 2019

ISBN - 9781330925683

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.7 cm

Page Count - 684


Published Date - August 27 2019

ISBN - 9780483361478

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.9 cm

Page Count - 682

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