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Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

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One of the earliest works of this Italian philosopher and literary critic, Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic marks the beginning of Croce's elaboration of his highly influential ideas of aesthetics. Croce defines art in terms of intuition and expression, thus replacing beauty as the primary criterion for aesthetic evaluation.

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AESTHETIC AS SCIENCE OF EXPRESSION

AND GENERAL LINGUISTIC

TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN OF BENEDETTO CROCE

BY

DOUGLAS AINSLIE B.A. (OXON.)

1909

THE AESTHETIC IS DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE MEMORY OF HIS PARENTS PASQUALE AND LUISA SIPARI AND OF HIS SISTER MARIA

NOTE

I give here a close translation of the complete Theory of Aesthetic , and in the Historical Summary, with the consent of the author, an abbreviation of the historical portion of the original work.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

THEORY

I INTUITION AND EXPRESSION

Intuitive knowledge Its independence in respect to the intellect Intuition and perception Intuition and the concepts of space and time Intuition and sensation Intuition and association Intuition and representation Intuition and expression Illusions as to their difference Identity of intuition and expression.

II INTUITION AND ART

Corollaries and explanations Identity of art and of intuitive knowledge No specific difference No difference of intensity Difference extensive and empirical Artistic genius Content and form in Aesthetic Critique of the imitation of nature and of the artistic illusion Critique of art conceived as a sentimental, not a theoretic fact The origin of Aesthetic, and sentiment Critique of the theory of Aesthetic senses Unity and indivisibility of the work of art Art as deliverer... Continue reading book >>


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