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