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By John Dewey

ISBN-10: 0399500251

ISBN-13: 9780399500251

Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, introduced because the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, Art as Experience has grown to be thought of the world over because the so much unique paintings ever written by way of an American at the formal constitution and attribute results of all of the arts: structure, sculpture, portray, track, and literature.

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Only those who are so far removed from the earlier ex periences as to miss their sense will conclude that rites and 30 ART AS EXPERIENCE ceremonies were merely technical devices for securing rain, sons, crops, success in battle. Of course they had this magical intent, but they were enduringly enacted, we may be sure, in spite of all practical failures, because they were immediate enhancements of the experience of living. Myths were something other than intellectualistic essays of primitive man in science.

It is an experience. Philosophers, even empirical philosophers, have spoken for the most part of experience at large. Idiomatic speech, however, refers to experiences each of which is singular, having its own beginning and end. For life is no uniform uninterrupted march or flow. It is a thing of histories, each with its own plot, its own inception and movement toward its close, each having its own 35 36 ART AS EXPERIENCE particular rhythmic movement; each with its own unrepeated quality pervading it throughout.

In this tradition, "truth" never signifies correctness of intellectual statements about things, or truth as its meaning is now influenced by science. " And in Keats' mind it was particu larly connected with the question of justifying good and trusting to it in spite of the evil and destruction that abound. "Philoso phy" is the attempt to answer this question rationally. Keats' belief that even philosophers cannot deal with the question with out depending on imaginative intuitions receives an independent and positive statement in his identification of "beauty" with "truth"—the particular truth that solves for man the baffling problem of destruction and death—which weighed so constantly on Keats—in the very realm where life strives to assert su premacy.

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