A Companion to Aesthetics by Stephen Davies

By Stephen Davies

During this widely revised and up to date variation, 168 alphabetically prepared articles offer complete therapy of the most themes and writers during this quarter of aesthetics.

  • Written via favorite students protecting a wide-range of key issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of artwork
  • Features revised and multiplied entries from the 1st version, in addition to new chapters on fresh advancements in aesthetics and a bigger variety of essays on non-Western considered artwork
  • Unique to this variation are six evaluation essays at the background of aesthetics within the West from antiquity to trendy instances

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For Stoics, moral value) and beauty. Although such a model of productive art could be purely analytical, as in Aristotle’s conception of the artisan working from an idea in his mind (Metaphysics 988a4, 1032a32), Stoics, like some Platonists and, subsequently, Neoplatonists (see below), developed the model into an aesthetic of metaphysical idealism, regarding the meaning of an artwork, like the significance of the cosmos itself, as residing not in sensory appearances as such but in the truth encoded in its beautiful form and readable by a philosophically attuned mind.

Somewhat differently, in a famous passage of Plato’s Apology (22a–c) Socrates explains how he interrogated poets to see if they could explain what their works meant; he concluded that they could not, and inferred that they had produced their works (which he accepts are “beautiful”) not by rational expertise but by nonrational intuition or inspiration. In his Ion, Plato foregrounds these issues in a way that is deliberately, provocatively polarized between discursive knowledge and divine inspiration.

Music was considered to be a branch of mathematics (along with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy), and there were theoretical texts on it by two of the great late ancient authorities, Augustine and Boethius. Boethius’s De musica was widely studied and glossed in the earlier part of the Middle Ages, and study of musical theory in this tradition continued in the arts faculties of the universities. html) written throughout the period. Treatises on painting and the decorative arts were even more obviously technical manuals – a wide-ranging example is De diversis artibus (“On Different Arts”) written by a certain Theophilus, probably in the twelfth century, which discusses painting, pigments, glues, and varnishes, in books, on walls, and on panels, and then glass, ordinary and stained, and then metalwork.

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