Essays on Art, Aesthetics, and Culture
2. The Invention of Modern Aesthetics: From Leibniz to Kant
Things known are to be known by the superior faculty as the object of logic; things perceived [are to be known by the inferior faculty, as the object] of the science of perception, or AESTHETIC.
— Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1735)
Beauty […] is sensuously given perfection. That is why the theory of this sensuously given form-perfection has been called aesthetics.
— Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom (1837)
The Germans search so profoundly into the depths of the art, that they end by completely losing themselves in the labyrinth of the esthetic.
— Musical World (1838)
We can know more than we can tell.
— Michael Polanyi (1967)
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