By Alan B. Brinkley, Peter M. Burkholder, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, James K. Feibleman, Carol A. Kates, Sandra B. Rosenthal, James Leroy Smith (auth.)
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One point in favor of this definition is its etymological support. " To be sure, this etymology does not presuppose Langfeld's theory of empathy. But it is consistent with his 1 H. S. Langfeld, The Aesthetic Attitude (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1920), p. 139. 28 IS GRACEFULNESS A SUPERVENIENT PROPERTY? theory, and it does provide some (but far from conclusive) evidence for his account of gracefulness. There is, however, a very serious difficulty with Langfeld's proposal, namely its subjectivism.
It is an experience of suffering with no more than an invitation to go beyond suffering. Thus man's initial experience of value is the experience of the absence of value. The very notion of an "invitation to resolve" presupposes an absence. 3 Parenthetically, according to Le Senne, "absence is ... the first product of time ... " 4 By reason of man's temporality he experiences the absent and thus his experience of value, too, is from the outset an experience of absent value. But now let us turn our attention to the aspect of invitation.
Charm is that essential component of beauty whereby beauty gives one a presentiment of the infinite. That is, by reason of its charm beauty hints at and promises a transcendent realm. Beauty itself does not introduce us into the transcendent See Le Senne, Le Devoir, pp. " p. II3. Le Senne makes some interesting remarks on the consequences of emphasizing the expression of intentions at the expense of the goal and vice versa in O. , pp. 245-246. 1 2 VALUE AND ARTISTIC VALUE IN LE SENNE'S PHILOSOPHY 49 realm but it invites us to hope for such a realm.
Aesthetics II by Alan B. Brinkley, Peter M. Burkholder, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, James K. Feibleman, Carol A. Kates, Sandra B. Rosenthal, James Leroy Smith (auth.)