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Single Idea 20415

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 6. Value of Art]

Full Idea

Spirit generates out of itself works of fine art as the first reconciling middle term between pure thought and what is merely external, sensuous and transient - between finite natural reality and the infinite freedom of conceptual thinking.

Gist of Idea

Art forms a bridge between the sensuous world and the world of pure thought


Georg W.F.Hegel (Lectures on Aesthetics [1835], p.8), quoted by Richard Eldridge - G.W.F. Hegel (aesthetics)

A Reaction

This apparently says that there is necessarily an intellectual and conceptual component in art. This means little to me. Does he include portraits? Dutch domestic scenes? Would photography qualify?

Book Reference

'Key Thinkers in Aesthetics', ed/tr. Giovannelli,Alessandro [Continuum 2012], p.78

Related Ideas

Idea 20414 Hegel's Absolute Spirit is the union of human rational activity at a moment, and whatever that sustains [Hegel, by Eldridge]

Idea 20413 For Hegel the importance of art concerns the culture, not the individual [Hegel, by Eldridge]