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September 2013

Against aesthetics

by William Logan

Part of the burden of being a critic means that you should reject Aesthetic Statements.


The
Artemision Bronze, a statue depicting either Zeus or Poseidon    

"Good sir, how many angels may jig upon the point
       of a needle?”
"The answer, friend, would be metaphysical, and
       you must inquire of Aquinas.”
"But what of the dance itself?”
"That would lie within the physics, and you must
       ask Aristotle.”
"And whether the jig be good or bad?”
"That must be aesthetical, and of aesthetics ’twere
    ...

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William Logan's new book of criticism, Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure (Columbia), has just been published.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 September 2013, on page 20

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