The article begins with a short biography of the important Czech philosopher, pedagogue and psychologist G. A. Lindner (1828–1887). Lindner’s work on the relation of aesthetics and the theory of theatre is then analysed. His views on aesthetics took their rise from the standpoint of J. F. Herbart, and, in agreement with him, Lindner prioritised aesthetics over ethics and rejected any kind of aesthetical normativism. He placed emphasis on the creative freedom of the artist, even as far as mimesis is concerned. Friedrich Schiller, with his theory of art as play, was his model. In conclusion the article takes up the question of Lindner’s views on the educational function of drama and his own creative work in theatre.
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