Saturday, May 9, 2009
May 9: Relation of Art to Freedom (Vol. 32, pp. 209-217)
German philosopher Friedrich von Schiller died this day in 1805. In this essay, "On Aesthetic Education," he takes a long time to get to his central point — that art and beauty and the appreciation of them are essential to a free society. Seems self-evident today, but it was a radical idea in Schiller's time.