By Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel
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If we have an interest, curiosity for example, or a sensuous interest on behalf of our sensuous need, a desire for possession and use, then the objects are not important to us on their own account, but only because of our need. In that event what exists has a value only in respect of such a need, and the situation is such that, on the one side, there is the object, and, on the other, a determinate need distinct from it, to which we yet relate it. If, for example, I consume an object for the sake of nourishment, this interest resides solely in me and is foreign to the object itself.
These sensuous shapes and sounds appear in art not merely for the sake of themselves and their immediate shape, but with the aim, in this shape, of affording satisfaction to higher spiritual interests, since they have the power to call forth from all the depths of consciousness a sound and an echo in the spirit. In this watt tesensuous aspect of art is spirituathe-apirtt-appears-m a—derensuous. (ii) But recisel ... : - pAust is only there in so far its passage through_the spirit and has arisen from ,spiritual productive activity.
In general this delight in imitative skill can always be but restricted, and it befits man better to take delight in what he produces out of himself. , than of 42 in correspondence with nature is supposed to afford J portrayal complete satisfaction. , London, 1813, vol. vi, pp. 526-7). Hegel quotes from memory, and usually inaccurately, but here he has given the gist of the story accurately enough for his purpose. 2 The Sunna is a body of traditions incorporating the history of Mahomet's life and so is a sort of supplement to the Koran.