By John Dewey
Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, added because the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, Art as Experience has grown to be thought of across the world because the so much amazing paintings ever written via an American at the formal constitution and attribute results of the entire arts: structure, sculpture, portray, track, and literature.
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But its flow gives a definitenessand interest to its successive portions greater than exist in the homogenous portions of a pond. In an experience, flow is from something to something. The enduring whole is diversified by successive phases that are emphases of its varied colors. Because of continuous merging, there are no holes, me chanical junctions, and dead centers when we haveanexperience. There are pauses, places of rest, but they punctuate and define the quality of movement. They sum up what has been under gone and prevent its dissipation and idle evaporation.
In his autobiographical essay, The Child in the House, he generalizes what is implicit in this passage. " The latter "became the necessary concomitant of any perception of things, real enough to have any weight or reckoning, in his house of thought.... " The elevation of the ideal above and beyond immediate sensehas operatednot only to make it pallidand bloodless, but it has acted,like a conspirator with the sensual mind, to impoverish and degrade all things of direct experience 32 ART AS EXPERIENCE In the title of this chapter I took the liberty of borrowing from Keats the word "etherial" to designate the meanings and values that many philosophers and some critics suppose are in accessible to sense, because of their spiritual, eternal and uni versal characters—thus exemplifying the common dualism of nature and spirit.
Similar to a feeling a person would have if visited by a supernatural being if he was perfectly convinced that it was there in his presence, albeit silent and. " Emerson is often regarded as an austere thinker. But it was Emerson as an adult who said, quite in the spirit of the passage quoted from Hudson: "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thought any occurrence of special good ••ETHERIAL THINGS'* 29 fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration.