4 The Character of the Aesthetic Experience

(4) The Character of Aesthetic Experience

(Extended discussion on the lecture notes & quotations discussed in class)


(Kant, Dutton, Wicks, Schopenhauer, Marra, Odin)

What exactly characterizes aesthetic engagement?

“The structural engineer in this story said that that new formula was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. When asked why he replied that it was beautiful because it was just so…elegant! The beauty was in the simplicity, in the absolute elegance of the formula. It was clear, neat, tight, and survey-able.  The pleasure was of apprehending the perfection of the proof”

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