• Ideas for a Social Aesthetics

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2005
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Aesthetic theory
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    social aesthetics, traditional aesthetics, sense perception, aesthetic situation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6M61BP65
    Abstract:
    Starting from a suggestion in Schiller’s "On the Aesthetic Education of Man," this essay develops the rationale of an aesthetic basis for social philosophy or, what we may call a social aesthetics. Social implications can be found in the arts when we consider them from a traditional perspective. However, Schiller's insight about social harmony gains in force and specificity from a more inclusive, contextual approach. Taking aesthetic appreciation as a model for the social situation, this essay explores the social implications of aesthetic appreciation in different situations: in relations with children, in love, and in a political order that is non-hierarchical and that gives new meaning to tolerance, reciprocity, and equality–the goal of a truly humane community.
    Notes:
    Prev. published as "On Getting Along Beautifully: Ideas for a Social Aesthetics," Aesthetics in the Human Environment, ed. Pauline von Bonsdorff & Arto Haapala (Lahti, Finland: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 1999); in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Andrew Light & Jonathan M. Smith (eds.), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005). Republished in Arnold Berleant, Aesthetics and Environment, Theme and Variations (Farnham, UK & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, Publishing Ltd, 2005).
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