aesthetics

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)

aesthetic I, 5-6, 17, 31, 40
aestheticism I, 27, 84, 86

The aesthetic is one of the aspects of temporal reality.

Dooyeweerd’s view of the aesthetic function is related to harmony:

If there were no sin, the harmony among the law-spheres would be fully realized, just as in a perfect work of art. In such a work the ‘natural’ sides of the material are subjected to the guidance of the aesthetic structural function to such a degree that they no longer obtrude themselves as a disconcerting resistance. In their individual deepening of meaning and ‘spiritualization,’ they are a pure expression of the artist’s conception. Reality is, alas, different. (NC II, 335).

Aestheticism is absolutizing the aesthetic aspect of our experience.

See image for a discussion of aesthetic imagination.

For a detailed examination of Dooyeweerd’s Philosophy of Aesthetics, see my article: “Dooyeweerd’s Philosophy of Aesthetics: A Response to Zuidervaart’s Critique.”

Notes revised Dec. 27/04; Dec 23/16

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