Art and Analysis: An Essay toward a Theory in Aesthetics by Edward G. Ballard

By Edward G. Ballard

Aesthetics, fledgling of the philosophic brood, is the main suspect of that family members. it really is suspected of the entire philosophical sins: vagueness, ailment, dogmatism, emotionalism, reductionism, compartmentalization. occasionally its early life is believed to be a enough excuse for those divagations. occasionally the very nature of its content material, related to the waywardness of genius, the remoteness of feeling from mind, the surd of suggestion in even the mildest appreciation, are believed to sentence aes­ thetics irrevocably to the bottom of the civilized man's area. a few philosophers have gloried during this it sounds as if mystical and a-rational caliber and feature visible in it the very nature of the gorgeous; others have come to treat it, relatively, as facts of the unskillfulness of our minds and feature grew to become clear of aesthetic difficulties to the duty of sprucing the aesthetician's language and common sense. The laughter of the gods isn't tricky to figure during the poetry of the extra mystical aesthetician or in the course of the prose of the analysts. in the meantime the manifold complexities and difficulties of aesthetic event invite our figuring out. for classy event is a gift truth of human lifestyles and will, probably, be understood by way of males. Such, a minimum of, could be the current assumption. this is why why the identify of this ebook mentions paintings including research; for if paintings is intelligible, the murals and the adventure of it can be analyzed into its practical parts.

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Furthermore, attention was fixed upon the object and upon the experience which the object elicited. The value or the satisfaction was in no case achieved by moving away from the object to something else. The value achieved, then, was intrinsic, final. This seems to be a true judgment of the facts, notwithstanding that the contemplator was very active in his contemplation. His action consisted in "moving" mentally among such images or analogues of the 1 A History of Aesthetic, London, 1910, appendix ii, p.

Francis Fergusson uses a parallel but more restricted version of this same notion in his very excellent book, The Idea 01 a Theater. ' This sensibility is a primitive awareness of action, as he describes it in the appendix to his book. " Perhaps it is excessive to say that one must learn to play any tune at all in and with his inner being. One's inner being - his imagination - has its own structure or "logic" which places a limit upon his responsiveness. We certainly must assume the existence of a responsive organism which, however, is sensitive in definite ways to the impact of the objective world.

Only too often these internalized parents are infinitely more strict with the child than his flesh and blood parents ever dreamed of being, and they visit him nightly with fearful punishments for the guilt of imagined error. The child's real Promethean self is chained by this cruel and irrational conscience, and his growth is stultified. Unless he can look forward with Aeschylean optimism to a happy issue out of this most important of all conflicts, the paternal Zeus in him will conquer and keep him a suffering and dependent individual throughout his life.

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