Aesthetics of historical experience
SourceTHE 13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas)
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In my paper I analyse the possibility of the dialogue between aesthetics and history. I seek to substantiate the thesis which maintains that immediate experience of the past has aesthetic nature. The interrelation of historical and aesthetical experience is profoundly analysed in the works by Ankersmit, who is an outstanding representative of the new intellectual history. There is always a metaphor in any traditional historical narration, as a rule it is either optical or spatial, for example, the metaphorical image of the river of time. Ankersmit holds that only decontextualised past broken into separate, complete fragments can be the real object of the historical experience. An event is a local structuralised being, whole process consisting of the beginning, culmination and completion. An event is born out of aesthetic experience.