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Aesthetics is the study of the beautiful. It is one of the classical sub-disciplines of philosophy.

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Philosophy of Humor

I was reading Andre Breton's "Anthology of Black Humor" and I found in one of the introductory notes a report addressing the theme of humor by Hegel. I think it is related to the treatment of comedy ...
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Philosophy and the arts in the romantic era

Has the relation between philosophy and the arts (especially poetry) changed at all since the romantic era?
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What does Danto mean when he writes that artworks are “embodied meanings”?

In his paper "The Art World Revisited" Arthur Danto wrote: The thesis which emerged from my book The Transfiguration of the Commonplace is that works of art are symbolic expressions, and ...
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What gives rise to the preponderance of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's? [closed]

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two unintelligent Danish nobles who were ultimately fooled by the protagonist and executed by the English king. Their attire, role, and tone ...
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How are these statements of truth and beauty related?

In Latin there's a phrase In vino veritas, which translated to "in wine, truth" There is also a saying that truth is beauty and beauty is truth. There's also real world observation that the more a ...
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“To experience person to person – artist to viewer – a shared sensation”

What does the second half of this paragraph mean? In viewing art, we recognise that we are not alone, confined by our mental and physical boundaries. We merge into a collective consciousness. Of ...
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Is self-expression not unique to creatives?

Often it's thought that "self-expression" is only possible in creative work and e.g. for this reason the pol. ideology communism as well as Maslow's hierarchy of needs thinks of the creative pursuits ...
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Autobiography of Roger Scruton?

The current Wikipedia article on English philosopher Roger Scruton (who specializes in aesthetics) makes reference to an autobiography without citing further details: In May 1968, the French ...
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Difference between Science and Arts according to Mae Jemison

Here is a quotation from Mae Jemison: "Science provides an understanding of a universal experience. Arts provide a universal understanding of a personal experience." Could you help me making sense ...
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What is the relationship between appraising art and philosophy?

I'm not quite sure of the relationship between philosophical systems and the appraisal of art. I know philosophy encompasses aesthetics, but I don't know if a system telling you how to appraise art is ...
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Universality of aesthetic judgment in Kant

In the Critique of Judgement Kant tries to characterise the aesthetic judgement as (among others) universal, i.e as a judgement that we can demand others to have as well as us. If I understand ...
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How can we tell when a practical philosophy practice is “philosophical” or “mystical”?

I've been thinking lately of the fact that a lot of people, many intellectuals included, pretty much dismiss of any kind of "mysticistic" practice. I'll put the general definition from Wikipedia for "...
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Philosophers that would be of particular interest to engineers/designers? [closed]

Does anyone know of philosophers that would be of particular interest to mathematicians/engineers/designers ?
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Has any philosopher argued that the point of life is to extract art from it?

The painter poet Lewis claimed “Just Life” or soi-disant “Reality” is a fourth quantity, made up of the Past, the Future and Art. This impure Present our Vortex despises and ignores. ...
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“Proper” and “improper” functions of objects in art

Background I am trying to describe the use of an object in a non-traditional way, and am trying to use philosophical language to talk about this. Specifically, I am describing sculptural art that ...
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Can one author be proved to be better than another?

Can we objectively say that one author is better than another? For example, could we say William Shakespeare is objectively a better author than E.L. James? If it is possible, how would we decide? ...
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Difference between zeug and art(works) for Heidegger

Why is Heidegger making a difference between 'zeug' (instruments) and a work of art? The reason that I do not understand this difference is that in my experience every object has the power to show ...
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Why do Deleuze and Guattari say the race summoned forth by art or philosophy is bastard & minor one?

What do Deleuze and Guattari mean by the following? For the race summoned forth by art or philosophy is not the one that claims to be pure but rather an oppressed. bastard, lower, anarchical, ...
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What is the Schillerian concept for sublime that at the same time means attraction and repulsion?

There is German word that Schiller uses to explain beauty, a word that at the same time means attraction and repulse. He uses that word instead of the Kantian "awe" for The Sublime. Does anyone ...
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Is the category of aesthetic truth still important?

The notion of aesthetic truth - here to be understood as more than simply 'correct judgments of taste' [1] - has been brought into discussion by a lot of thinkers: Hegel, Adorno, Lukacs, Heidegger, ...
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Julia Kristeva's idea about abjection and aesthetics

Can any body explain what Julia Kristeva means in the text below? Can anybody write it in more understandable plain English? Text: In a world in which the Other has collapsed, the aesthetic task -a ...
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Harm Principle and the eventual harm of creating needs

A necessity or a need is a necessary condition for something else. A need in Economics and particularly a consumer need is something needed to be consumed, a necessary condition for achieving higher ...
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Are there central theories on aesthetics?

Are there central theories on aesthetics? I am looking to see if there were any significant philosophers by significant I mean people who often are discussed among university circles today or in the ...
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Prerequisites to study aesthetics

So, I plan to begin to self study aesthetics, and was wondering whether a working knowledge of art history would be helpful for the same? If so, would Gardner's History of Art be sufficient? Also, on ...
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Who coined a term in art philosophy refering to the danger of looking at older art through the lens of modern art? And what is it?

For example looking at african art through the lens of picasso, or certain landscape artists as proto-abstract art. Something to do with anachronism, but it was a specific art historian/philosopher ...
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Who are some (relatively) modern “platonists” with respect to aesthetics/philosophy of art?

I'm interested in discovering post-Enlightenment to contemporary thinkers who discuss art in terms of form and beauty, and imitation vs "true forms." Thanks!
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Do philosophers think ethics can't be based on our wishes? [closed]

Some presuppositions: Premise 1. "Wrong" means the reasoning used in an argument was flawed. Another notion of "wrong" is wrong method. Misknowledge how. Definition 2. Wishes are not produced by ...
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Nietzsche: Does visual art reaffirm life?

In the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche states that life is justified through artistic creativity. He analyses the ancient Greek tragedies to further elaborate on his point. My question is: would his ...
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What is the name (and ideally some further reading) for the Aesthetics theory that a thing is beautiful if it achieves its goal?

I'm listening to a podcast lecture by Michael Grant on Aristotle's poetics. The current topic is interpretations of Aristotle's theory that pleasure is derived from 'pity and fear'. One such ...
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How does feng shui and aestethics work together?

According to Wikipedia Feng Shui is a is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Daoism... [and] is one of the Five Arts of ...
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What does poetry enact according to Heidegger?

The following idea is cited approving in a book I just read Derrida, Heidegger, Blanchot, by Timothy Clark But on an earlier page the same author says In what way can a poem be "nothing but its own ...
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According to Adorno, does the “truth content” of art refer?

Adorno and the Political, By Espen Hammer In this negation, by truth content, is it a form of referentiality? Which may be to ask whether truth content is linguistic, in this action of negation.
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Do questions come before or after art activity?

Do questions generate art activity or only follow art activity? Most art is a form of assertion not of questioning. In thqt wiew, art is not an answer to a question, but a statement of experience. ...
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a relationship with the other

Bourriaud somewhere says: “artistic practice is always a relationship with the other, at the same time as it represents a relationship with the world”. Does he by "with the other" mean "with ...
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Defining Kant's idea of the sublime and applying it to a painting?

How would one go about applying Kant's idea of the dynamical sublime to a painting as to Kant the Dynamical sublime is: The dynamically sublime is similar. In this case, a “‘might' or power is ...
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What would the situationists think of this rule?

Do what one will to maximize ones own sense of overcoming mundane life. I understand their ideas about the situation were meant to prod people out of their mundane lives. The situation being, IIRC, ...
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Is post-modernity liminal?

Liminality (from the Latin Limen, meaning threshold) is a technical term deployed in Anthropology describing the ambiguity and disorientation which occurs in rites of passage from an 'earlier' life to ...
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What is the enigma of art?

I've always been fascinated by the following constellated section of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory, probably because phenomenology is intuitively easier to get to grips with than a drawn out critical ...
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Can sport be an art? Does it have any aesthetic value? [closed]

Many - if not all - sports seem to be only about winning. The rules of any particular sport determine what counts as permissible, and what counts as winning, and individuals and teams can "win ugly". ...
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What's the value in being “fashionable”? [closed]

I find concept of something being "fashionable" quite puzzling. Why many people feel obliged to wear "fashionable clothes"? They don't wear it because of aesthetic value - or do they? If something was ...
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Is Realism an Aristotelian middle term?

Plato declared art as the art of imitation; in drama, Aristotle distinguishes tragedy and satire as high and low forms respectively it presents the problem of life, in tragedy, better or higher, that ...
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Word and image (in poetry)

A 2011 book on conceptual poetry titled conceptualisms claims Note: there is no aesthetic or ethical distinction between word and image. They seem to define "images" as what manifest to create a ...
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When can a creative work be considered to have transcended time?

When does a creative work become timeless? This thought came to me as I listened to the performances at the Alaska International Piano-e-Competition 2018. All of the competitors were spectacular. My ...
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Who (name of the science) researches meaning communicated through arts?

John I. Saeed in his famous textbook defines the Semantic as "Semantics is the study of meaning communicated through language". So - what is name for the science that researches meaning as ...
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Why did not former epochs distinguish between 'art' and 'craft'?

Source: p. 18 Middle, Beauty: A Very Short Introduction (2011) by Roger Scruton. That said, we should recognize that the distinction between aesthetic and utilitarian interests is no more clear ...
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What is the difference between an opinion and a philosophical opinion? [closed]

What is the difference between an opinion and a philosophical position? If there is more than one philosophical position that is not obliterated easily by sniff sniff logic, how can that be the case? ...
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How to know if one has aesthetic observation “artist-eye”? [closed]

If I am going to start learning design, I am going to ask this question first - "What is design?" But the search for the answer leads directly into philosophical statements and arguments. I am lost ...
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How to answer this interview question [closed]

My friend is an artist and she has to answer this question but is not sure of the meaning. What does it mean, do you think? I find you to be incredibly productive and driven, as someone who as Rilke ...
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How does philosophy influence the art and the aesthetic preferences of a culture?

I read an article sometime back stating that the western school of thought is more "fragmentary" as compared to the "holistic" approach of eastern philosophy. Not that I ...
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heteropathic and idiopathic identification

Reading the book "Art and Psychoanalysis" by Maria Walsh on modern art criticism and philosophy, I encountered the words "heteropathic identification" and "idiopathic identification". Do they mean ...