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Croce - Intuition, Expression and Communication.

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Croce Intuition, Expression and Communication By Alan Smallwood BA 3D Design. Benedetto Croce (1866-1952) perhaps the most important philosopher of the twentieth century lived most of his life in Naples born in the Abruzzi hills a elder son of an ancient and wealthy Neapolitan family was for decades Italy's exemplar of the indispensable link between intellect and conscience, a philosopher, historian, and critic his approach is one usually termed neo-idealist his aesthetic derives principally from earlier idealist G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) and Giambatista Vico (1668-1774). Croce's possibly best-known work was published in 1902 Philosophy of the spirit which was divided into four parts "Aesthetic as the Science of Expression and general Linguistics, Logic as the Science of Pure Concept, Philosophy of the Practical, and History: Its Theory and Practice" But my main concern is with Estetica come scienza dell' espressione e linguistica generale or "Aesthetic as the Science of Expression and General Linguistics" within his analysis he states that ""intuition" is only intuition in as far as it is, in that very act, expression". ...read more.


The reason we may think we have intuitions that we cannot express is that most of our intuitions like our memories are cloudy and vague, when we come to actualize them; we realize this and put the fault down to poor technique or skill. What distinguishes artists from the inartistic and the rest of us that artists' intuitions have become much clearer than ours and have also become much clearer still in the process of expression within their art work itself. But he does make a distinction between expression and communication the third factor in the artistic process which in itself is quite unimportant. Croce argues that expression does not basically involve communication. A person can have an intuition in their head and it will count as a genuine expression even if they never try to communicate it to another person the work of art still exists its actualization as matter, as words on paper or paint on canvas, is a relatively inconsequential issue and one that, for Croce, has nothing to do with aesthetics as such. ...read more.


Painters have their sketches and poets have their drafts and Croce understands that artists constantly reshape and refine their work that they move in his terms from the act of expression to that of communication and back again. A consequence of Croce's theory is that the true beauty of nature becomes complicated to put in plain words unless one is prepared to hypothesize a divine creator given to actualizing lyrical intuitions. For Croce the sense of natural beauty is not prior to but rather copied of the sense of art. Although this may not seem historically likely. Conclusion In conclusion Croce is saying in his analysis that intuition and expression although are different on the outside are one and the same and you can't have one without the other and both are examples of the other. But Croce does make the distinction between expression and communication that you don't necessarily have to communicate an intuition to another person to express it and therefore doesn't really have anything to do with Croce's theory of aesthetics. ...read more.

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