The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas / Edition 1

The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas / Edition 1

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by Umberto Eco
     
 

The well-known Italian semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco discloses for the first time to English-speaking readers the unsuspected richness, breadth, complexity, and originality of the aesthetic theories advanced by the influential medieval thinker Thomas Aquinas, heretofore known principally as a scholastic theologian.See more details below

Overview

The well-known Italian semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco discloses for the first time to English-speaking readers the unsuspected richness, breadth, complexity, and originality of the aesthetic theories advanced by the influential medieval thinker Thomas Aquinas, heretofore known principally as a scholastic theologian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674006768
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1988
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,131,176
Product dimensions:
0.67(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

Umberto Eco is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna and is the author of many books, including Foucault's Pendulum.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bologna, Italy
Date of Birth:
January 5, 1932
Place of Birth:
Alessandria, Italy
Education:
Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

Table of Contents

Preface

Translator's Note

Aesthetics in Medieval Culture

Historiography

The Medieval Aesthetic Sensibility

Thomas Aquinas

The Possibility of Aesthetic Pleasure

Plan of the Research

Beauty as a Transcendental

The Problem

The Aesthetic Vision of Things

Aquinas's Texts

Modern Interpretations

Beauty as a Transcendental in Thirteenth-Century Philosophy

The Function and Nature of the Aesthetic Visio

The Problem

Medieval Texts

Aquinas's Texts

The Aesthetic Visio

Intellectual Intuition in Aquinas

The Formal Criteria of Beauty

The Texts

The Concept of Form

Proportion: The Historical Data

The Concept of Proportion in Aquinas

Integritas

Claritas: The Historical Data

Claritas in Aquinas

Concrete Problems and Applications

The Beauty of the Son of God

The Beauty of Mankind

The Beauty of Music

Play and Playful Verse

The Symbolical Attitude

Universal Allegory

Scriptural and Poetic Allegory

Aquinas's Theory of Allegory

Didactic Parabolism

A Thomist Poetics

Aquinas and Dante

The Theory of Art

Art and Invention

The Ontology of Artistic Form

Artistic Form and the Aesthetic

On the Possible Autonomy of the Fine Arts

The Ambiguity of Art's Autonomy

Judgment and the Aesthetic Visio

The Function of the Aesthetic Visio

The Nature of the Aesthetic Visio

Conclusion

The Central Aporia in Aquinas's Aesthetics

The Dissolution of the Concept of Form in Post-Thomistic Scholasticism

Aesthetic Categories and Medieval Society

Thomistic Methodology and Structuralist Methodology

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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