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Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Issue no.2 /2010


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Images and Shadows: Levinas and the Ambiguity of the Aesthetic    
Perspektive, Symbol und symbolische Form. Zum Verhältnis Cassirer – Panofsky    
Carl Heinrich Seibts Prager Vorlesungen aus den Schönen Wissenschaften.Zu den Anfängen der universitären Ästhetik in Böhmen    
Die Lehren einer Fußnote.Die Wirkung der Ästhetik- und Gesellschaftstheorie von Burke auf die Ästhetikkonzeption von A. G. Szerdahely    
Karol Kuzmány: On Beauty    
Translated Title: Karol Kuzmány: On Beauty
Publication: Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics (2/2010)
Author Name: Sošková, Jana;
Language: English
Subject: Philosophy
Issue: 2/2010
Page Range: 215-237
No. of Pages: 23
File size: 243 KB
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Summary: This short essay by Karol Kuzmány (1806–1866), a founding father of Slovak aesthetic
thinking, was written in Czech and published in 1836 in Hronka, a periodical edited by
the author. In the essay, Kuzmány follows on from the thinking of his teacher at Jena,
Jakob Friedrich Fries (1773–1843), particularly Fries’s theory of Ahn(d)ung (intuitive
awareness). In the introduction, Kuzmány emphasizes that his concern is to bridge
the gap between the theory of imitation and the theory of art based on imagination. In
the first part of the essay, concerning general aesthetics, Kuzmány presents his theory
of beauty – the feeling of the essence of things through perception by the mind
(Anschauung or intuitus mentis); the basic idea – truth, the moral good, and beauty –
according to Kuzmány, comprises the idea of religion in the broader sense – Humanität,
humanitas. Rather than the opposite of beauty, the sublime constitutes beauty’s being
raised to a qualitatively higher level: it is based on a contemplated intuitive awareness,
which is itself felt. The second part of the essay consists of Kuzmány’s attempt to define
art and to categorize kinds of art and genres of poetry. He distinguishes between
unmediated art, which represents beauty to the external senses, and mediated art, which
is aimed at inner feeling. The latter category includes poetry, which is, according to him,
the supreme art, for it can, with the help of language, represent all forms of unmediated
art as well. Kuzmány also devotes himself to a speculative justification of its genres,
poetic style, and verse.
Keywords: Kuzmány K.; Slovak aesthetics; Fries J. F.; imagination; beauty; theory of art
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