Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry (The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts) (Bollingen Series)

Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry (The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts) (Bollingen Series)

Jacques Maritain

Language: English

Pages: 356

ISBN: 0691018170

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is the Meridian publication, which is an abbreviated version of the book that Pantheon published in its Bollingen Series. Anyone who knows of a PDF of the full Pantheon/U. of Princeton Press edition can certainly replace this edition.

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The title sums it up: intellect/intuition in art and poetry from the Greeks to the Moderns. Maritain's Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry will give some background to the man: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/maritain/

from that 'cyclopedia:
"A third distinctive feature of Maritain's philosophy of art is his account of artistic (or what he sometimes calls 'poetic') knowledge. Maritain notes the focus on the awareness of the self as characteristic of art from the time of the German romantics, and recognises its value so far as it challenges the emphasis on reason and mechanical technique. This artistic knowledge is an instance of what Maritain calls, in general, knowledge though connaturality; it is a kind of 'creative intuition' that arises out of "the free creativity of the spirit" (Creative Intuition, p. 112; Natural Law, p. 18). Maritain also describes it as a "grasping, by the poet, of his own subjectivity in order to create" (Creative Intuition, p. 113). Maritain places this knowledge at the level of the preconscious intellect. It is non-conceptual, non-rational, and "obscure" (Creative Intuition, p. 18; see Natural Law, p. 18). Nor is it, as much knowledge is, a knowledge of essences. Nevertheless, it is still connected to "intellectual act". It is a knowledge of reality — of a "concrete reality" — albeit one that "tends and extends to the infinite" (Creative Intuition, p. 126). This kind of knowledge lies at the basis, not only of artistic activity, but also moral and mystical experience."

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