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Art & Reality

John Anderson on literature and æsthetics

Anderson, John (1893-1962)

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Art & Reality John Anderson on literature and æsthetics John Anderson 1982 Hale & Iremonger Pty Limited Sydney, NSW

It is a condition of progress in aesthetics, of the establishment of a definite and coherent body of aesthetic knowledge, that attention should be directed to the actual subject of the science — beauty, or the characteristics of beautiful things. But professedly aesthetic discussions have been so taken up with other questions (even though these have a certain connection with the subject-matter of aesthetics) that it becomes necessary to approach the subject by clearing away the confusions thus fostered, and by showing that prevailing views imply the possibility of a theory of beauty, but do not provide it.
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