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Aesthetics: lectures on fine art, Volume 1 by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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For it is only among civilized people that alteration of figure, behaviour, and every sort and mode of external expression proceeds from spiritual development. The universal need for art, that is to say, is man's rational need to lift the inner and outer world iato his spiritual consciousness as an object in which he recognizes again his own self. The need for INTRODUCTION 32 this spiritual freedom he satisfies, on the one hand, within by making what is within him explicit to himself, but correspondingly by giving outward reality to this his explicit self, and thus in this duplication of himself by bringing what is in him into sight and knowledge for himself and others.

Assume that it has been demonstrated. INTRODUCTION 25 it for scientific knowledge. e. to derive it necessarily from the presuppositions which antecede it in philosophy and out of the womb of which it is born. For us the Concept of the beautiful and art is a presupposition given by the system of philosophy. But since we cannot here expound this system and the connection of art with it, we have not yet got the Concept of the beautiful before us scientifically. What is before us is only elements and aspects of it as they occur already in the different ideas of the beautiful and art held by ordinary people, or have formerly been accepted by them.

E. has to be shown to be necessary. About this difficulty, which affects the introduction to every philosophical discipline considered independently and by itself, we will come to an understanding in a short space. In the case of the object of every science, two things come at once into consideration: (i) that there is such an object, and (ii) what it is. e. physical] sciences. Why, it would at once be ridiculous to require astronomy and physics to prove that there are a sun, stars, magnetic phenomena, etc.!

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