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In his Renaissance,  Pater expresses the view that the spiritually full life is one lived in intensely felt moments. The heart of life, he thought, is the intensity of the moment. The habit for such a focus of experience is extracting the unique beauty, or each unique virtue, moment by moment.
Why does Pater believe it is a mistake to try to define an abstract concept of beauty? What does he see as the goal of ęsthetics?
According to Pater, what is the goal of artistic criticism? What are the primary data of the ęsthetic critic?
Why does Pater think analysis limits ęsthetic understanding? Does Pater tacitly distinguish scientific and ęsthetic experience?
According to Pater what are the inherent dangers of experiencing life in according with philosophical and ęsthetic theories? Why is this so?
How does Pater recommend we spend our lives? Explain how living in the sense of the immediacy of life would not lead to a dissipated life. On Pater's veiw, what gives meaning and coherence to experience?
S.N. Behrman. Portrait of Max. New York: Random House. 1960.
Walter Pater, The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry. London: Macmillan. 1873. vii-x; 233-239.