Metamorphosis pp 101-122 | Cite as

Bel Esprit

An assay in depth-aesthetics
  • Matti Itkonen
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 81)


According to the Romantics artistic inspiration and aesthetic experience are means of penetrating to the true reality which underlies the world of the senses. The poet is regarded as a seer whose gaze lays bare life’s innermost secrets; art is the highest function to which the human spirit may attain. The aesthetic genius stands above all others, for his achievements partake of the work of the Creator. (See esp. Krohn, p. 25.)


Aesthetic Experience Phenomenological Inquiry Phenomenological Reduction Historical Consciousness Pure Possibility 
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  • Matti Itkonen
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  1. 1.University of JyväskyläFinnland

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