Heglowsko-platońskie inspiracje pierwszych polskich estetyków akademickich. Część druga: Henryk Struve
Hegelian-Platonic Inspirations of the First Polish Academic Aestheticians. Part Two: Henryk Struve
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In his monumental work Letters from Cracow, published since 1843, Józef Kremer, the first Polish academic aesthetician, propagated Hegelian aesthetics reinterpreted in Platonic and theistic terms. The work was the first consistent lecture on aesthetics in Polish. Like Hegel, Kremer supported academic art. He significantly influenced Lucjan Siemieński, the most eminent art critic of the age, who published his reviews in Cracow’s Czas magazine, as well as Henryk Struve, a philosopher and aesthetician of the younger generation, who in the 1870s became the main authority on art and the evaluation of works of art, modern ones in particular. Unlike Kremer, who categorically expressed his opinions and who did not have to face opposing views, Struve fought disputes against Véron’s views, which were critical of academic-idealistic aesthetics. He also fought a losing battle with Stanislaw Witkiewicz. The dispute resulted in the disappearance of academic-idealistic aesthetics, which was also a factor in academic painting vanishing from Polish culture.
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