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Triadic Philosophy - Aesthetics has been badly treated by philosophy.
I am just starting to read Schiller on Aesthetics.
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Charles Sanders Peirce said he was mightily influenced
by Schiller's Letters on Aesthetics
and I am anticipating a good read.
let me first say that in the case of Peirce
and most other philosophers,
aesthetics has received shabby treatment.
Aesthetics is not only about fine art.
Aesthetics is the realm
in which we fashion our existence
whether we know it or not.
To relate aesthetics to the world of artists
Aesthetics is the realm in which each of us
plays out o
ur effort to achieve beauty and truth,
indeed to make beauty and truth one.
Aesthetics is the theater of life.
It provides the basis for judging the value of
all actions by standards that are
clear and experiential,
in quality and affect.
In the simple hierarchy
of conscious thought,
Aesthetics is superseded only by Ethics
and then by Reality itself
These are the categories
of Triadic Philosophy.
In much philosophy,
Beauty has been severed from truth
and, in place of a philosophy
that is universal, we get
an implicit binary divide
between "real art" and everything else.
Post-modernism was at a viscerel level
a reaction to this.
Some fine art lost its beauty
in the ugliness of its provenance.
You cannot steal what the eye sees
at any moment.
I shall read Schiller
and at the same time articulate
as a true picture of the world as it now is,
as a true basis for an ethical future.
The Aesthetic sphere
is the very place where we seek always
to achieve aesthetic results.
Truth and beauty.
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