Advertisement

Exemplars of Fine Art and Genius

  • Mary A. McCloskey
Chapter
  • 18 Downloads

Abstract

Although ‘a product of fine art must be recognized to be art and not nature’1 recognising it as art is recognising it as a work of genius.2 Since genius is,
  1. (1)

    a talent for producing that for which no definite rule can be given: and not an aptitude in the way of cleverness for what can be learned according to some rule; and that consequently originality must be its primary property.

     
  2. (2)

    Since there may also be original nonsense, its products must at the same time be models, i.e. be exemplary; and, consequently, though not themselves derived from imitation, they must serve that purpose for others, i.e. as a standard or rule of estimating,3

     
genius is what ‘gives the rule’ to fine art.4

Keywords

Rational Idea Aesthetic Attribute Perceptual Knowledge Mental Power Special Subject Matter 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 166; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §45, p. 306, lines 14–15.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 168, cf. p. 141; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §46, p. 307, lines 11–21; cf. §34, p. 286, lines 7–11.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 168–9; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §46, p. 307, line 33-p. 308, line 5.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 167, 168, 171; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §45, p. 307, lines 3–8; §46, p. 307, lines 11–12; §47, p. 309, line 28-p. 310, line 5.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 165, 171; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §44, p. 305, lines 17–19; §47, p. 310, lines 6–11.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 173; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §48, p. 311, lines 24–6.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 169; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §47, p. 308, lines 23–32.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 171; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §47, p. 309, lines 29–31.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 171; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §47, p. 309, lines 31–3.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 175–6; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 1–5.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp.210; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §57, p. 342, lines 20–6.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 210; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §57, p. 342, lines 15–19.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 14–15.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 177–8; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, line 26-p. 316, line 29.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 177–8; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 22–4.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 92, 93, 116, 120, 134; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §23, p. 245, line 35-p. 246, line 4; §23, p. 246, lines 25–8; §29, p. 265, lines 27–30; §29, p. 268, lines 21–30; §30, p. 280, lines 8–15.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 182; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §50, p. 319, lines 17–19.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 178; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 316, lines 2–7.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    The Elements of Logic: Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce: Book II, edited by Charles Hartshorne and Paul Weiss (6 vols, Harvard, 1931–60), vol. n, §291, p. 165.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 209–13; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §57, p. 341, toe 35-p. 344, line 21.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Lindsay, Kant, p. 237; and also Cerf, The Analytic of the Beautiful, pp. 65–6; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 4, §67, p. 241, lines 30–1.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 176; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 21–2.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 176–7; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 28–33.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 176–7; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 26–33.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 32–3.Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Norman Kemp Smith (translator), Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (London, 1933, first published 1929) p. 180; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 3, p. 134, lines 3–6.Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Kemp Smith, Critique of Pure Reason, pp. 219–21; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 3, p. 169, line 31; p. 170, line 10.Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 16–21.Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 176; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 9–11.Google Scholar
  30. 30.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 35–6.Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 177–8; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 21–4.Google Scholar
  32. 32.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 182–3; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §50, p. 319, lines 23–6.Google Scholar
  33. 33.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 9–21.Google Scholar
  34. 34.
    Kemp Smith, Critique of Pure Reason, pp. 131–8; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 3, p. 119, line 1; p. 121, line 22.Google Scholar
  35. 35.
    William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale.Google Scholar
  36. 36.
    Sergei Eisenstein, The Film Sense (London, 1943) p. 46.Google Scholar
  37. 37.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 175–6; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 314, lines 2–3.Google Scholar
  38. 38.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 3–8.Google Scholar
  39. 39.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 177–8; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 28–31.Google Scholar
  40. 40.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 175; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 313, lines 30–4.Google Scholar
  41. 41.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 179; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 316, line 27-p. 317, line 6.Google Scholar
  42. 42.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 166; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §44, p. 306, lines 3–5.Google Scholar
  43. 43.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 177; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 315, lines 21–4.Google Scholar
  44. 44.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 179; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §49, p. 316, line 27-p. 317, line 11.Google Scholar
  45. 45.
    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 166, 226; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §44, p. 306, lines 3–5; §60, p. 355, lines 24–32.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Mary A. McCloskey 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary A. McCloskey

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations