Phenomenology and Literary Aesthetics
A present-day characteristic of the philosophers who tackle the problem of aesthetics is their particular attention to both the broad contemporary manifestations of aesthetics, above all, those that in any way have the intent of renewing those of the 19th century, and particular theories, either poetic (in its broad sense) or critical.
KeywordsAesthetic Experience Literary Discourse Sheep Herder Aesthetic Praxis Common Sense World
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- Truth and Method (New York: Continuum. 1997), pp. 83–84. Note bene the English translation is not as precise as the Spanish edition’s translation of Gadamer’s thought. For these reason we offer another English rendering of this passage: “Substantially, the liberation from those concepts that constituted the main obstacle to an adequate understanding of the aesthetic essence came about owing to phenomenological criticism of the psychology and epistemology of the nineteenth century. Through this criticism it was possible to demonstrate the folly of trying to grasp the essence of aesthetics by starting from the experience of reality and conceiving the former as a modification of the latter. Concepts such as imitation, appearance, unfulfillment, illusion, enchantment, fantasy, presuppose reference to an authentic essence from which the aesthetic essence would be different. In contrast, the phenomenological return to the aesthetic experience shows that the latter in no way reasons from such a frame of reference but, on the contrary, perceives the authentic truth in what it experiences. Owing to its very essence, therefore, the aesthetic experience cannot feel disappointment over having undergone a more authentic experience of reality.” (Consult Verdad y método [Salamanca: Sigueme, 1977], pp. 123–124.)Google Scholar