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Concepts and Terms

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

in Frontiers of Pleasure

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199798322
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950393 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199798322.003.0001
Concepts and Terms

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Though absent from the Greek language as a term, the notion of the aesthetic is embedded in archaic and classical thought and encountered in different but equally complex modes of thinking in both poetic and philosophical texts. Early modern approaches to the aesthetic were associated to a considerable extent with a struggle over the definition of the so-called fine arts, emphasizing their exclusiveness, an attitude that encouraged similar approaches to beauty. Such perceptions of the aesthetic were contingent on the cultural conditions within which the discipline emerged in the eighteenth century. Based on the examination of the way intense manifestations of aural pleasure are meditated upon (and not just mentioned) in Greek texts, the book suggests a flexible understanding of the aesthetic, freed from the influential preconceptions of the last two centuries.

Keywords: aesthetic; beauty; cultural; fine arts

Chapter.  6401 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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