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On the Aesthetic Education of Man

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“Essential reading.” — New Society.
A classic of eighteenth-century thought, Friedrich Schiller’s treatise on the role of art in society ranks among German philosophy’s most profound works. In addition to its importance to the history of ideas, this 1795 essay remains relevant to our own time.
Beginning with a political analysis of contemporary society — in particular, the F
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Dover Publications (first published 1794)
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Glenn Russell
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy addressing beauty, taste, art and the sublime. After studying what philosophers have to say on this topic, it is refreshing to read the philosophical reflections on aesthetics by Friedrich Schiller (1769-1805), a man who was not only a first-rate thinker but a great poet and playwright. And Schiller tells us he is drawing his ideas from his life rather than from books and is pleading the cause of beauty before his very own heart that perceives beauty and ex
Ahmad Sharabiani
Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen = Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich Schiller
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم ماه اکتبر سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: آزادی و دولت فرزانگی: نامه هایی در تربیت زیباشناختی انسان ؛ نویسنده: یوهان کریستف فریدریش فون شیلر؛ مترجم: محمود عبادیان؛ تهران، اختران؛ 1385؛ در 196 ص؛ شابک: 9789647514921؛ موضوع: نوشتار های فلسفی در باره زیبایی شناسی از نویسندگاان آلمانی - قرن 19 م
بیست و هفت نامه با موضوع «زیبایی شناسی نوین» که با زبانی شاعرانه و بهره گیری از مضام
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
If only we could be as free or as mentally beautiful as Schiller envisioned. Best read before you turn 20, at which point the world he railed loudly against takes over.

Schiller is a much overlooked intellectual scholar outside of Germany. Along with Lessing, Goethe, and some lesser influential renaissance men, Schiller embodies Aufklarung humanism like few others. His plays are too preachy and his poems can never be found translated by decent individuals, but in the essays, his optimism is almos
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Friedrich Schiller wrote Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man in 1793 for his friend the Danish Prince Friedrich Christian who had provided him with a stipend to help him through an illness. In 1795 the letters were published and the provide a worthwhile consideration of the nature of Aesthetics for us still today. The collection of twenty seven letters is not an easy read but it is worth persevereing to gain the insights of this great poet and playwright, friend of Goethe and inspiration f ...more
Tam Nguyen
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
đọc cho lớp philosophy. nói chung cũng được. Mình đọc quyển này rồi xem phim American Beauty. Không hiểu phim này liên quan gì đến cái quyển sách sau khi xem phim xong hai lần. Nhưng ý mà Schiller muốn nói về Education rất cách mạng. Lý trí không thể đưa chúng ta đến tự do, cảm xúc lại đưa ta trở về với bản năng. Cả hai cái nếu tồn tại độc lập thì không thể hài hòa được. Để tiến tới tự do, con người phải học cách cảm nhận về cái đẹp, và từ đó con người mới có cảm giác và lý trí để hành động theo ...more
Mohammad Ali
Feb 07, 2015 marked it as تنها-اندکی-خوانده-شده-ها  ·  review of another edition
حدود 50 صفحشو خوندم - یعنی شش نامه. حس خاصی برای ادامه دادنش نداشتم اما امیدوارم بعدا بخونمش تموم شه، از شرش راحت شم! - البته بد برداشت نشه اصلا هیچ ضرورتی برای خواندنش ندارم

کلا با نوشتار آلمانی های اون دوران حال نمی کنم - هم دشوار نویسی و هم اطناب و فضل فروشی. اینجا هم کلیت حرف شیلر جالبه - اینکه باید بین حس و عقل، بین ثبات و تغییر، بین ضرورت و آزادی، بین شهروند و دولت و ... جمع کرد و آن جمع در واقع مقام انسانی است ( امری فراسوی این و آن ). اما انقدر حرافی می کند شیلر که اگر دقت کنی می بینی عمل
Some quick thoughts; not a final review . . .
"I love art and everything related to it above all else, and I admit that my inclination is to favour it before any other occupation of the mind. But it is not here what art is to me, but rather how it relates to the human spirit as a whole . . ."

It took me two, or three (maybe more) times as long to finish this than I had expected, because of the amount of arresting points that I came across and had to note down . . .
I think I w
jacob hurley
consider me learnéd
Jonas Dornelles
uma obra fundamental, mas confesso que Schiller me ensinou, com essa educação toda, que Fichte consegue a façanha de ser mais maçante que Imannuel Kant.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Áhugaverð og tengist að mörgu leyti skrifum Antonins Artauds um tengsl lífs og listar, nema gengið er út frá öðrum kenningum.
Hann fer svolítið langt á köflum þannig að ég fylgdi ekki alltaf allan tímann, en oft náði hann mér alveg.
Setningar eins og þessar:

"Nei, ég mun varast að misbjóða frjálsum anda yðar.",
"Lifðu með þinni eigin öld, en vertu ekki afkvæmi hennar.",
"... umkringdu (samferðamenn þína) með táknum fullkomnunarinnar, þar til sýndin sigrar veruleikann og listin náttúruna.",
Egor Sofronov
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
As if Schiller had studied through Kant, but returned to Rousseau and empiricism. The laying out of the Romantic ideal of the artistic persona as integral, ethical, and heroic was expected, what was not - was viable theory of alienation and social fragmentation.
Christine Dantas
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
A very deep analysis on aesthetics, full of insights, but makes a difficult reading for the current generations. Yet, I enjoyed this book as far as I could follow. I should return to various passages, which I have marked enthusiastically. Excellent text.
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just read this for my philosophical literary criticism class. I felt like this one kept going round and round. Admittedly I ain't no philosophy aficionado, but I did enjoy some of Schiller's insights even if I didn't buy into his assumptions wholeheartedly.
Peter J.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I think Schiller intelligent, I had a hard time following him in this work. I would think it was just me, but I have digested the likes of Descartes and Hegel, who are both far more clear.
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
When I was a kid, I loved the crap out of this book (in a translation by, I think it was... Bruno Snell).
Anna Nicole Smith & Wesson
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's great.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schiller è un punto di riferimento decisamente importante quando si affrontano le tematiche più proprie dell'estetica, e nonostante il tempo scorra incessantemente, le sue ambiziose riflessioni restano ancora imbevute di quell'impegno civile e morale che si potrebbe attribuire a pensatori ben più noti al di fuori della zona mitteleuropea come Kant e Fichte, ma non per questo sono da ritenersi sorpassate, anzi, oggi più che mai chiedono al lettore di essere lette, comprese e meditate.

Educazione E
William Moore
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“In the fight to achieve political freedom, one must not agitate a population by appealing to its irrational passions and obsessions; rather, one must create within individuals a philosophical, or as Schiller puts it, an aesthetical state of mind. And the task of political organizing is to replicate such a state of mind in others.”
- William F. Wertz, Jr

Schiller’s aim in this work is to create ‘beautiful souls’ to uplift humankind up by fostering an aesthetical state of mind in which the mind is
Sean Thompson
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Often circumlocutory, but an important meaning for the current era, where I fear we, generally, are becoming uncomfortably distant with nature and with what Schiller regards as beauty. If the base philosophy here is true, and I think that much of it is, the moral development of the current man will only rarely reach a significant maturation. Hauntingly relevant for a text over two-hundred years old, but not one that I can fully recommend to the modern reader (to which it would benefit most) due ...more
Anthony Wallace
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poetic argument for the importance of the arts not only in the balancing and ideal functioning of the individual but for society as a whole. Schiller warns against an infatuation with the "quantifiable" disciplines at the expense of an appreciation for art. In our modern era of STEM obsession and general disunity, I think this book is as timely as ever.
John Hatley
This was a tough read, deeply intellectual. The language itself is beautiful, confirming what I have long believed: that the German language, in a way that is completely different from Italian or French for example, has its very own beauty.
Nevertheless, I'd rather read Schiller's plays than his excursions into philosophy.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
There is a great introduction to this book stating whats good and not so good, but the author Reginald Snell shows that much can be taken from Schiller's philosophical treatise if we apply it to bettering oursleves. It can be a tough read at times and i was motivated to read it because Beethoven owned a copy and was influenced by it. I also believe that we can arrive at a state which deepens our understanding of art, literature and music and that it can transform our being to a truer reflection ...more
Jeanne Dunn
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although this type of reading can be challenging for the modern reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking book. If you enjoy philosophy and subscribe to a personal philosophy that an appreciation of beauty and learning through play are valuable, Schiller will appeal to you.
unfortunately this serves as the foundation of my understanding of continental aesthetics now.
Katie Nielsen
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Why did I just read this and what did I just read?
Michel Van Goethem
Interessante analyse van de algemene toestand toen (en nu)!

JJ Weber
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~~~ Team Schiller Forever ~~~
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read letters 2, 6, and 9.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sifp
This is a real slog to get through...
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: History nerds
Recommended to Katelyn by: Professor High
Shelves: class
Good message, but very very difficult to interpret.
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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (November 10, 1759 – May 9, 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist. During the last few years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe, with whom he greatly discussed issues concerning aesthetics, encouraging Goethe to finish works h ...more
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