The Arts of the Beautiful

The Arts of the Beautiful

by Etienne Gilson
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564782502
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Scholarly Series
Edition description:
1ST DALKEY
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

James G. Colbert is a philosophy professor at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. He is the author or co-author of books on symbolic logic, Marxism, and the family. Colbert has translated six books, including Gilson's Greco-Arabic Sources of Avicennist Augustinianism.

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