Stepping out of line
Any time will do
For Schelling, every growth of nature has but one moment of perfect beauty, or flash of full existence. In this instant, it is what it is for eternity.
“Art, in that it presents the object in this moment, withdraws it from time, and causes it to display its pure being in the form of its eternal life.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Accuracy does not work
Understanding its relevance
Extremes of absence
Aesthetic judgment bridges the gap between the observable and the possible. The transition is reasonable as the mind passes from the one to the other. Attempting to attain experience independence, indifference is unjustified.
“I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality … to bend reality.” – Storm Thorgerson
Coordinating substances and incidents alike, the intricate detail put into a transitional portal passively attracts attention pulled into the future. Rather than the basis for action, time emerges from action.
“It is extremely wholesome . . . to let the realities of life split upon an arbitrary interest. You transform something accidental into the absolute, and, as such, into the object of your admiration.” – Søren Kierkegaard
Falling all around
Been in between
Not every element of experience is describable. Of the moment, aesthetic practice can contemplate without the expectation of understanding. In this fashion, it all gets very intense.
“Extension, apart from its spatialization and temporalization, is that general scheme of relationships providing the capacity that many objects can be welded into the real unity of one experience.” – Alfred North Whitehead
Space and time are two necessary conditions for any perception to be experienced. Kant observes that rather than being universal concepts under which sensible things are categorized, space and time are singular concepts in which sensibilia begin to become knowledge.
“There are no differences in kind except in duration – while space is nothing other than the location, the environment, the totality of differences in degree.” – Gilles Deleuze
A distinction understood in terms of objects, Kant divides knowledge into sensitive and intellectual. Attending to the sensitive, form and matter interlace. Matter is what is given by the presence of sensible substance. Contributed by the knowing subject, form co-ordinates matter as the necessary condition of sensitive knowledge.
“Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Series of stages
In affirming the cause and denying the effect, Leibniz maintains that space and time are only confused mental constructs. Kant agrees that space and time are not absolute external objects, but rather are fundamental conceptions that make external perception possible. Although causes and effects can only be inferred through experience, certainty is never much more than a probability assessment.
“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop.” – Haruki Murakami
Outside looking in
The ocean is a sensual object with many real qualities mysteriously hidden. In perception and reception, aesthetics as a subject of inquiry seems agreeably attached to inexhaustible experience.
“The sea is the sweat of the earth.” – Empedocles
According to Hume, experiences of reiterating consistencies, or constant conjunctions, stipulate our expectations and devise predictions. In addition to inclination and contiguity, the singular occurrence of many relevantly similar transactions at different times provides causation understanding. We project conditioned feelings of inevitability as a kind of necessity that resides in objects. Reinforcement determines understanding.
“Disseminating enlightenment in the people is the safest and most effective means of moralizing and establishing in a solid way freedom and respect for the constitution and laws.” – Gabino Barreda
Existence embodies much more meaning than just articulated precise description. Therefore, we must recognize the essential significance that all distinctiveness claims are indeterminate. Aesthetics works with vague objects by assigning vague identity.
“It is sometimes said that the world might itself be vague.” – Gareth Evans