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Single Idea 20424

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude]

Full Idea

In the imaginative life no action is necessary, so the whole consciousness may be focused upon the perceptive and the emotional aspects of the experience. Hence we get a different set of values, and a different kind of perception

Gist of Idea

Imaginative life requires no action, so new kinds of perception and values emerge in art


Roger Fry (An Essay in Aesthetics [1909], p.24)

Book Reference

Fry,Roger: 'Vision and Design' [Penguin 1937], p.24

A Reaction

Good. A huge range of human activities are like scientific experiments, where you draw on our evolved faculties, but put them in controlled conditions, where the less convenient and stressful parts are absent. War and sport. Real and theatrical tragedy.