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German Romantic Fragments: Friedrich Schiller

The moral purpose of a work of art or an action contributes so little to its beauty that these moral purposes are best hidden, and must appear to come from the nature of the thing completely freely and without force, if their beauty is not to be lost. Thus a poet may not excuse the lack of beauty in his work by its moral intentions.


A moral action would be a beautiful action only if it appears as an immediate outcome of nature. In a word: a free action is beautiful action, if the autonomy of the mind and autonomy of appearance coincide.


About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science


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