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Art and Truth after Plato$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226040028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226040165.001.0001

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Art and the Transcendent; or, Christian Platonic and Anti-Platonic Art

Art and the Transcendent; or, Christian Platonic and Anti-Platonic Art

(p.71) Chapter Three Art and the Transcendent; or, Christian Platonic and Anti-Platonic Art
Art and Truth after Plato

Tom Rockmore

University of Chicago Press

This chapter identifies ways in which selected medieval thinkers, even those who do not subscribe to later normative theories of aesthetics, reflect on beauty, or what is sometimes called the aesthetic reality of art—in short, on medieval aesthetics. Aesthetics did not come into existence with Baumgarten, who was preceded by numerous coherent analyses of the problem of beauty and aesthetics, in general due to ancient Greek and later Christian thinkers. Carol Harrison argues in favor of a Christian aesthetic in which rhetoric plays a new role of inspiring the love and practice of truth. As Umberto Eco notes, questions about art were everywhere in writings from this period. Such concerns, which were not limited to the psychological and ontological conditions of aesthetic pleasure, as distinguished from artistic creation, further touched on the relation between art and beauty.

Keywords:   medieval thinkers, normative theories, art, medieval aesthetics, Baumgarten, Carol Harrison, Umberto Eco

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