Circumscribing the immediate predicament during an excursion through the airport terminal, the available visual information is marshaled, correlated and reduced into specific inquires. In active imagination, intelligent conjectures respond by considering many possible hypotheses.
“Anyone with an alertness of mind will encounter during the course of an investigation numerous interesting side issues that might be pursued.” – W. I. B. Beveridge
The question is not whether and how the assemblage of phenomena and the series of causes and effects, which we call the course of nature, has become actual outside us. The question rather relates to how succession becomes manifest for us.
“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.” – John Locke
The belief in an external reality arises and grows with self awareness. Because the self is as necessary as the other, these beliefs are not speculatively separated. In their fullest, most intimate co-operation they are the mental elements of human life and its activity.
“The provincialism of time may be conquered only in the realm of mind.” – Edgar Sheffield Brightman
Philosophy must understand the manifestation of ideas through particular things, with the history of art as a series of variously emphasized relations of the real to the ideal. Art is the positive objectification of the spirit of nature that is within human beings, analogous to nature’s own generation of phenomena, a crystalline, symmetrical totality.
“By what power is the soul created together with the body, at once and as if with one breath?” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Matter within the mind
For Schelling, an achieved work of art is the embodiment of the ideal within the real, not merely something through which the mind recognizes its own powers of judgment. This position is in response to Kant’s sole aesthetic interest only involving judgment. Kant’s aesthetics is never derived from things in the world, but rather concerned with transcendental faculties of the mind.
“Matter, in our view, is an aggregate of ‘images.’ And by ‘image’ we mean a certain existence which is more than that which the idealist calls a representation, but less than that which the realist calls a thing–an existence placed half-way between the `thing’ and the ‘representation.’.” – Henri Bergson
Many overt messages that quickly pass-by on an urban exploration are value propositions of dubious esteem. Only actions that are freely willed are seen as deserving credit or blame.
“Each day has a color, a smell.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Situated in relation
There exists a tension between the conceptual as manifest in art and the incipient foundation of unconscious elements. Within a dispersed finite existence, self-identity provides an indirect conduit to the ineffable.
“All means are sacred when they are dictated by inner necessity.” – Wassily Kandinsky
The reality and ultimacy of nature approached from an idealistic perspective builds upon a model of human freedom. Part of the puzzle centers on the praxis of creative intuition as a function of action. In such productive matters, nature functions as both the ground and antithesis of spirit. Within the empirical objects of perception there exists an inexhaustible reservoir of enigmatic potential.
“An intelligent being bears within himself the means to transcend his own nature.” – Henri Bergson
Real and ideal
Aesthetic idealism and beauty is at the centre of Schelling’s philosophical inquiry. His interrogation functions as an organic view of nature that depends on creative intuition. As such, the conditions of possibility are interrelated by means of unity.
“The forms of art must be the forms of things as they are within the absolute or in themselves.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Contact with existence is oblique and vicarious. The reality of the particular never completely corresponds to the possibility inherent within its absolute existence. All objects are more than their mutual associations and exceed their appearances.
“The philosophy of art is a necessary goal of the philosopher, who in art views the inner essence of his own discipline as if in a magic and symbolic mirror.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling