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By Alessandro Giovannelli

Aesthetics: the main Thinkers bargains a finished historic review of the sphere of aesthetics. Eighteen specifically commissioned essays introduce and discover the contributions of these philosophers who've formed the topic, from its origins within the paintings of the traditional Greeks to modern advancements within the twenty first Century.

The e-book reconstructs the historical past of aesthetics, sincerely illustrating crucial makes an attempt to handle such an important matters because the nature of aesthetic judgment, the prestige of artwork, and where of the humanities inside society. perfect for undergraduate scholars, the ebook lays the required foundations for a whole and thorough figuring out of this interesting topic.

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Even the term imago, used to refer to art, must then be connected to what we could call the freedom of the artist’s fantasy, independently of any objective model. In sum, although neither what Scotus nor Ockham say ever amounts to an explicit and comprehensive treatment of aesthetics, their efforts 46 Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers in defining the relevant concepts and the value they both place on the subjectivity of the artist undoubtedly represent a break from tradition and the beginning of a modern approach to aesthetics.

Elaborating on Augustine’s view, Aquinas claims that the aesthetic sentiment must be disinterested. Yet, Aquinas’s interest in concrete cases brings him to acknowledge that not all aesthetic pleasures can be fully disconnected from what is necessary or helpful to the satisfaction of human needs. The aesthetic sentiment has nonetheless its own individuality, between the pleasures that are primarily sensory and biological, on the one hand, and those that are purely intellectual and moral, on the other.

1982. Plato on Beauty, Wisdom and the Arts. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Allenheld. Nehamas, Alexander. 1999. Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, Part III, “Plato: Questions of Beauty and the Arts,” 252–299. Stecker, Robert. 1992. ” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 26, 47–52. CHAPTER 2 ARISTOTLE (384–322 BCE) Angela Curran The Poetics by Aristotle is the first and most important work of a philosophical account of an art form ever written. In the Greek, the title means, “On the poetic [craft]” (Peri poe¯ tike¯ s), but much of the Poetics focuses on a specific genre of poetry: ancient Greek tragedy, specifically Greek tragedy performed in the fifth and fourth century BCE.

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