Aesthetics from Classical Greece to the Present by Monroe C. Beardsley

By Monroe C. Beardsley

“Beardsley’s publication accomplishes to perfection what the author meant. It illuminates a space of historical past from a definite standpoint as was once by no means performed sooner than. . . . The distinguishing function of his booklet is a n pleasure over every thing I aesthetics that has to do with symbols, meanings, language, and modes of interpretation. And this pleasure has dropped at mild elements of the background f the topic by no means spotted earlier than, or not less than, no longer so clearly.”

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Benjamin Jowett, in The Dialogues of Plato, 5 vols. , Oxford, 1893). Cratylus, trans. Benjamin Jowett (op. ). Greater Hippias, trans. H. N. Fowler (Loeb Library, London, 1926). Jon, trans. W. R. M. Lamb (Loeb Library, London, 1925). Laws, trans. R. G. Bury, 2 vols. (Loeb Library, London, 1926). Lysis, trans. W. R. M. Lamb -(Loeb Library, London, 1925). Phaedrus, trans. R. Hackforth (Cambridge, 1952). Philebus, trans. R. Hackforth as Plato's Examination of Pleasure (Cambridge, 1945). Republic, trans.

G. S. XXXIV (1925): 154-72. G. M. A. Grube, "Plato's Theory of Beauty," Monist XXXVII (1927): 269-88. H. J. S. XXII (1922). W. C. Greene, "Plato's View of Poetry," Harvard Stud Class Philol XXIX (1918). J. Tate, "'Imitation' in Plato's Republic," Class Quart XXII (1928): 16-23. _ _ _ , "Plato and 'Imitation,''' Class Quart XXVI (1932): 161-69. _ _ _ , "On Plato: Laws X 889cd," Class Quart XXX (1936): 48-54. _ _ _ , "Plato and Allegorical Interpretation," Class Quart XXIII (1929): 142-54, XXIV (1930): 1-10.

His own terms are not always decisive guides. "Music" (mousike), for example, can mean music, or fine arts in general, or even something like general culture. Socrates notes in the Symposium (205c; trans. Lamb) that "of anything whatever that passes from not being into being the whole cause is composing or poetry;" though only "the business of music and meter" is usually called poetry. But he does not explicitly make a special category of the visual arts (painting. sculpture, architecture), various forms of literature, and certain mixed musical artsdance, song, and the "choral art" that combines both dance and song.

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