Schiller v Marx – The Social Function and Historical Location of Art (study notes)

I thought this was a fresh look at art and politics, so I’m reblogging. Thanks, J M Weselby!

“Schiller states that the problem of ‘politics in practice’[3] should be approached ‘through the problem of the aesthetic, because it is only through Beauty that man makes his way to Freedom’”

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HOW DOES SCHILLER’S ACCOUNT OF ART’S HISTORICAL LOCATION & SOCIAL FUNCTION COMPARE WITH THAT OF MARX?

 

Schiller sees art as paramount to a successful society, possessing the power to ‘civilise and bring compassion to mankind’[1]. According to Schiller, art is an active element of any civilisation. It should be used to address the state of moral affairs and to aid the ‘construction of true political freedom’[2]. The artist has the power to guide their fellow man in all aspects of life. He charges them with the responsibility of moral inspiration.

Moreover, he sees art as the solution to politics. Schiller states that the problem of ‘politics in practice’[3] should be approached ‘through the problem of the aesthetic, because it is only through Beauty that man makes his way to Freedom’[4]. Schiller acknowledges politics as the greatest problem of all, as it dictates…

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