Essays on Art, Aesthetics, and Culture
3. Notions of the Aesthetic and of Aesthetics
We cannot get beyond aesthetics … we have a world which people gradually created: their aesthetics.
— Friedrich Nietzsche (1880–1882)
An upswing? Isn’t aesthetics dead? Or, to put it a little more gently: doesn’t it lead a languishing life in the lumber rooms of scholarship?
— Ewert Wrangel (1898)*
… we must gain some insight into the prejudices that are present in the concept of philosophical aesthetics. In the last analysis, we need to overcome the concept of aesthetics itself.
— Hans-Georg Gadamer (1960)
Reality has proven itself again and again to be constituted not “realistically” but “aesthetically” … This has resulted in a general significance for aesthetic thinking today and in a need for a change in the structure of the discipline of aesthetics, so that it becomes an aesthetics beyond traditional aesthetics comprising the whole range of aisthesis in everyday life, science, politics, arts, ethics, and so on.
— Wolfgang Welsch (1996)
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