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What would be fair to suggest, however, is precisely what I have argued in this chapter, namely that Schopenhauer does have a primarily cognitive and contemplative conception of artistic creation itself: it is primarily a matter of grasping an idea that is out there to be grasped rather than inventing something new by means of imagination. 25 Nietzsche’s remark, while wrong about Kant, thus confirms my interpretation of Schopenhauer. NOTES 1 The present chapter is drawn from a longer piece that discusses Schelling’s philosophy of art as well as Schopenhauer’s.
Throughout this cognitivist account, Schopenhauer’s theme remains that aesthetic experience offers the negative pleasure of relief, although only momentary, from the incessant frustration of the will. But there is a hint in Schopenhauer that aesthetic pleasure may have a positive side, a sheer pleasure in knowing that does not presuppose any antecedent frustration from which knowledge offers an escape. In §38, Schopenhauer says that there are ‘two inseparable constituent parts’ in the ‘aesthetic method of consideration’, namely ‘knowledge of the object not as individual thing, but as Platonic Idea .
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