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His Critique constitutes the starting point for the true comprehension of the beauty of art, yet only by overcoming ant's deficiencies could this comprehension assert itself as the higher grasp of the true ' See below, Part I, ch. H, B r(a). 6r unityjof necessity and freedom, particular and universal, sense and reason. (ii) Schiller, Winckelmann, Schelling Therefore it has to be admitted that the artistic sense of a profound and philosophic mind has demanded, and expressed, totality and reconciliation (earlier than philosophy as such had recognized them) as against that abstract endlessness of ratiocination, that duty for duty's sake, that formless intellectualism, which apprehends nature and actuality, sense and feeling, as just a barrier, just contradicting it and hostile.

But for modern culture and its intellect this discordance in life and consciousness involves the demand that such a contradiction be resolved. Yet the intellect cannot cut itself free from the rigidity of these oppositions; therefore the solution remains for consciousness a mere ought, and the present and reality move only in the unrest of a hither and thither which seeks a reconciliation without finding one. Thus the question then arises whether such a universal and thoroughgoing opposition, which cannot get beyond a mere ought and a postulated solution, is in general the absolute truth and supreme end.

This first sentence is a quotation from Kant, op. , § 17 ad fin. g. a knife for cutting, but there is no essential relation between means and end. Cutting can be done with a razor. But in an organism limbs and life, means and end, are related essentially. 3 Critique of Judgment, § 22 ad fin. 6o INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION one is, so also the other is. The one in its specific character contains the other at the same time, as, for example, cause is meaningless without effect. e. to the categories of the Understanding.

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