The Aesthetic Attitude and the Art of Life

In this paper I examine the nature of the aesthetic attitude which is based on a supra-rational instinct that ultimately aims at the beautiful. I observe that it not only operates by way of the perceptive modes of intuition and sensation, but also consists of an Eros-based evaluative feeling function. Individuation of the aesthetic nature involves refining one’s ability to differentiate grades of beauty and beauty from ugliness.

Although cultivating this attitude is of supreme value for psychological well being, a broader perspective is required for the sake of a more complete individuation. The art of life requires the psychological attitude, which includes the aesthetic, in addition to other perspectives of equal value.

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