The Arts of the Beautiful

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With his usual lucidity, Etienne Gilson addresses the idea that "art is the making of beauty for beauty's own sake." By distinguishing between aesthetics, which promotes art as a form of knowledge, and philosophy, which focuses on the presence of the artist's own talent or genius, Gilson maintains that art belongs to a different category entirely, the category of "making." Gilson's intellectually stimulating meditation on the relation of beauty and art is indispensable to ...

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With his usual lucidity, Etienne Gilson addresses the idea that "art is the making of beauty for beauty's own sake." By distinguishing between aesthetics, which promotes art as a form of knowledge, and philosophy, which focuses on the presence of the artist's own talent or genius, Gilson maintains that art belongs to a different category entirely, the category of "making." Gilson's intellectually stimulating meditation on the relation of beauty and art is indispensable to philosophers and artists alike.

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We find here the classic French sharpness of perception and analysis.
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A very difficult, original, highly stimulating book.
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A very difficult, original, highly stimulating book.
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We find here an excellent summary of current opinions and decisions on every aspect of the art which pursues it and sometimes a salty appraisal of error and excess. We find here the classic French sharpness of perception and analysis. . . . To read even a few of these pages is so to sharpen the intellect and power of diagnosis that the mind experiences facility in assessing the daily problems of life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781564782502
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST DALKEY
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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A world-renowned philosopher and historian, Etienne Gilson held the position of Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Sorbonne and subsequently at the College de France. He helped to found the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of many works, including Forms and Substances in the Arts, The Philosopher and Theology, and The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy.

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