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In his Space, Time, and Deity, Samuel Alexander touches on the relation of beauty as a resemblance to nature. Artistic qualities, such as beauty, he thinks, are not reducible to the mere appearance of objects but are dependent upon the imaginative conception of mind. In fact, for Alexander, beauty is not entirely mind-dependent but is the impersonal synthesis of emotional contemplation and reality.
In what sense, according to Alexander, is the beautiful illusory?
In what sense is an Šsthetic reality a cognitive illusion for Alexander? What is the difference between Šsthetic and cognitive illusion?
According to Alexander, how is it that beauty in nature and art is impersonal?
What are some examples of elements contributed by the mind in the appreciation of beauty in art?
According to Alexander, where does the beauty in beautiful objects lie?
What does Alexander think of Immanuel Kant's Šsthetics?
In what manner are beautiful objects intersubjective, according to Alexander?
Samuel Alexander. Space, Time, and Deity. London: Macmillan. 1920.