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Ideas of Benedetto Croce, by Text

[Italian, 1866 - 1952, Born at Naples.]

1902 Aesthetic as Science of Expression
žII p.94 Historical interpretation aims to recapture the author's view of the work
     Full Idea: Historical interpretation enables us to see a work of art as its author saw it in the moment of production.
     From: Benedetto Croce (Aesthetic as Science of Expression [1902], žII), quoted by W Wimsatt/W Beardsley - The Intentional Fallacy žII
     A reaction: Wimsatt and Beardsley quote this as the romantic antithesis of their own view, but there is a blurring between understanding a work and judging. Personally I consider intentions essential for understanding, and valuable for judgement.
1912 The Essence of Aesthetic
p.104 The experience of expression and communication are intermingled in art
     Full Idea: It is very difficult to perceive the frontier between expression and communication in actual fact, for the two processes usually alternate rapidly and are almost intermingled.
     From: Benedetto Croce (The Essence of Aesthetic [1912]), quoted by Gary Kemp - Croce and Collingwood
     A reaction: [text unsure] I think he is getting at seeing the painting (or whatever) as a physical object, and seeing it as the experience which results from the object. The alternation of the objective and subjective views. Reminds me of Thomas Nagel.