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The Aesthetic as the Science of Expression and of the Linguistic in General, Part 1, Theory : Aesthetic as the Science of Expression & of the Linguistic I - Benedetto Croce

The Aesthetic as the Science of Expression and of the Linguistic in General, Part 1, Theory

Aesthetic as the Science of Expression & of the Linguistic I

By: Benedetto Croce, Colin Lyas (Translator)

Paperback Published: 6th July 1992
ISBN: 9780521359962
Number Of Pages: 212

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The Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce (1866-1952) spent most of his life as a private scholar in Naples. His Estetica, which first appeared in 1902, has remained a seminal work not only for aesthetics but also for general linguistics. As the full title indicates, this is not a narrow work dealing with the theory of art and criticism. For Croce intended this to be the first part of his "philosophy of the spirit" and he thus presents a systematic general theory intended to solve all philosophical problems. The work presents an account of the structure of the human mind and shows how art arises naturally from that structure, as well as introducing the influential notion of the organic unity of a work of art. As a result, art is shown to be integral to any life and an essential aspect of what it is to be human. This new translation of the first and most important part of the work (Theory) supersedes the defective translation by D. Ainslie, first published in 1909. It is based on the most recent Italian edition (1990). In his foreword the translator addresses the difficulties in translating certain key words in the Italian original, "scienza," "fantasia," and of course, "estetica" itself. He also furnishes the reader with helpful explanatory annotation. This publication will be of cardinal importance for all those interested in the philosophy of art, the history of criticism, and the history of linguistics.

"The case for a new translation of Croce's Estetica is overwhelming...for all its influence it has never been widely read in the English-speaking world...this new translation is fully set to put right this anomaly." Richard Wollheim, University of California-Berkeley

Acknowledgments
Translator+s foreword
Preface
Intuition and expression
Intuition and art
Art and philosophy
Historicism and intellectualism in the aesthetic
critique of analogous errors in history and logic
Theoretical activity and practical activity
The analogy between the theoretical and the practical
The exclusion of other forms of the spirit
That expression cannot be divided into modes or levels: the critique of rhetoric
Aesthetic feelings and the distinction between the beautiful and the ugly
Critique of aesthetic hedonism
The aesthetic of +That which attracts liking+ and the pseudo-aesthetic concepts
Physical beauty and the nature of art
Errors arising from the confusion between the physical and the aesthetic
The activity of externalisation: the technique and the theory of the arts
Taste and the reproduction of art
The history of art and literature
Conclusion: identity of linguistics and the aesthetic
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ISBN: 9780521359962
ISBN-10: 0521359961
Series: Aesthetic as the Science of Expression & of the Linguistic I
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 6th July 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.32