BULLOUGH’S ESSAY, “Psychical Distance as a. Factor in given some attention to psychical distance; N1nd Essays Edward Bullough (Stanford, California. , , et passim. 6 Edward Bullough, ‘Psychical Distance’ as a Factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle,”. The British Journal of Psychology, V (June. The concept of “physical distance” developed by Edward Bullough in his well- known article1has come to be generally accepted as an aesthetic principle.

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It has a negativeinhibitory aspect – the cutting-out of the practical sides of things and of our practical attitude to them – and a positive side – the elaboration of the experience on the new basis created by the inhibitory action of Distance. Views Read Edit View history. This distance appears to lie between our own self and its affections, using the latter term in its broadest sense as anything which affects our being, bodily or spiritually, edwrd.

No reference has been located in the Cambridge University Reporter. On the contrary, it describes a personal relation, often highly emotionally coloured, but of a peculiar character. Nevertheless, a fog at psychixal can be a source of intense relish and enjoyment.

‘Psychical Distance’ as a Factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle

This page was last edited on 27 November psychiical, at In theory, therefore, not only the usual subjects of Art, but even the most personal affections, whether ideas, percepts or emotions, can be sufficiently distanced to be aesthetically appreciable.

Bulkough goes without saying that all experiments and investigations are undertaken out of a personal interest in the science, for the ultimate support of a definite assumption, and involve personal hopes of success; but this does not affect the ‘dispassionate’ attitude of the investigator, under pain of being accused of ‘manufacturing his evidence. It was not included in the original publication. Sneh Pandit – – British Journal of Aesthetics 16 1: Bradley on Censorship and Psychical Distance.

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An axiom of Euclid belongs to nobody, just because it compels everyone’s assent; general conceptions like Patriotism, Friendship, Love, Hope, Life, Death, concern as much Dick, Tom and Psychicsl as myself, and I therefore either feel unable to get into any kind of personal relation to them or, if I do so, they become at once, emphatically or concretely, my Patriotism, my Friendship, my Edard, my Hope, my Life and Death.

Sign in Create an account. In this most general sense, Distance is a factor in all Art.

It is, for this very reason, also an aesthetic principle. The Concept of Psychical Distance. At the same time, such a principle of concordance requires a qualification, which leads at once to the antinomy of distance. Perhaps the most obvious suggestion is that of actual spatial distance, i. The relation between self and object remains a personal one it is psychifal like the impersonal relation in scientific observation, for example and Bullough thinks that a “concordance” between them is necessary for aesthetic appreciation.

The first was noticed already by Aristotle in his Poetics ; the second has played a great part in the history of painting in the form of perspective; the distinction between these two kinds of distance assumes special importance theoretically in the differentiation between sculpture in the round, and relief-sculpture.

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The absence of such a concordance between the characters of a work and of the spectator is, of course, the most general explanation for differences of ‘tastes. Generalisations and abstractions suffer under this disadvantage that they have too much general applicability to invite a personal interest in them, and too little individual concreteness to prevent them applying to us in edwarv their force.

He did experimental work on the perception of coloursand in his theoretical work introduced the concept of psychical distance: Such works have consequently profited greatly by lapse of time and have reached the level of art only with the help of temporal distance, while others, on the contrary, often for the same bullouyh have suffered a loss of bu,lough, through over -distancing. Crossley – – Idealistic Studies 3 1: This difference, so well known as to be almost trivial, is generally explained by reference to the knowledge that the characters and situations are ‘unreal,’ imaginary.

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Note that Bullough’s texts and translations of other authors are collected after the chronological presentation.

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Wilkinson, introduction to Aestheticsxii. In this sense Witasek, oeprating with Meinong’s theory of Annahemhas described the emotions involved in witnessing a drama as Scheingefuhlea term which has so frequently been misunderstood in dixtance of his theories. This article is in the public domain, as the copyright has expired.

In the practice, therefore, of the average person, a limit does exist which marks the minimum at which his appreciation can maintain itself in the aesthetic field, and this average minimum lies distahce higher than the Distance-limit of the artist. The individual tends, as I just stated, to under-distance rather than to lose Distance by over-distancing.

Bolton – – British Journal of Aesthetics 17 1: The consequence of a loss of Distance through one or other cause is familiar: Herein especially lies the advantage of Distance compared with such terms as ‘objectivity’ and ‘detachment.

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The same qualification applies to the artist. He was buried at Woodchester Priory in Stroud. Imprint Academic,— Cambridge University Press,8—9. Your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome: Distance does not imply an impersonal, purely intellectually interested relation of such a kind. Evennett, “Edward Bullough,” Dublin Review hullough, no. No keywords specified fix it.