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“Be Free as I Am” Schiller’s Aesthetics as a Challenge to the Modern Way of Thinking

From the book Aesthetics Today
Wolfgang Welsch


This paper evaluates Schiller’s idea of beauty as “freedom in appearance,” as brought forward in his Kallias or On Beauty (1793), against the backdrop of modern thinking that based itself on a fundamental split between nature and freedom, world and man. Schiller’s claim that natural beauty results from freedom in nature bridges this gap. His suggestion is confirmed by modern science. Schiller’s view will be recommended and defended as a way of escaping modern bigotry and to articulate the commonality between humans and other entities.

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