the aesthetic & the anaesthetic (?)


“Irritation may be let go like an arrow directed at a target and produce some change in the outer world. But having an outer effect is something very different from ordered use of objective conditions in order to give objective fulfillment to the emotion. The latter alone is expression and the emotion that attaches itself to, or is interpenetrated by, the resulting object is aesthetic.”

John Dewey, Art as Experience, Chapter 4 “The Act of Expression”, Pp. 81


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