Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art by Guttorm Fløistad (auth.), Guttorm Fløistad (eds.)

By Guttorm Fløistad (auth.), Guttorm Fløistad (eds.)

The current quantity is a continuation of the sequence Contemporary Philosophy (International Institute of Philosophy). As with the sooner volumes within the sequence, the current chronicles purport to offer a survey of important traits in modern philosophy.

This quantity on Aesthetics, containing nineteen surveys, indicates the range of methods to Aesthetics in quite a few cultures. The shut connection among aesthetics and faith and among aesthetics and ethics is emphasised in different contributions.

The chronicles are more often than not written in English, French and German. within the current quantity ten surveys are written in English, 8 in French and one in German. The bibliographical references, with a few exceptions, stick with the trend brought in past volumes. The bibliographies themselves often persist with on the finish of every chronicle prepared in alphabetical order. The bibliographies are chosen and organized by way of the authors themselves.

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First, some writers are of the view that drama like dance is natural expression of the ingoings of the human mind. Collective singing and dancing are found in every culture, even in its most primitive stages. At the time of harvesting and on the occasion of eating the yield of first harvest, dance and music are very common. Secondly, within the corpus of Vedas one finds many hymns referring to dialogues between different characters, sages and gods. Many commentators on Veda maintained that these dialogues used to be enacted during the time of sacrifices.

How and when does a person encounter an idea of the aesthetic life or aesthetics of existence? When a person searches for ethics and EXTENDING MEANINGS OF AESTHETICS AND THE ETHICAL MOMENT 39 then finds a lot of ethical discourses disgusting, and his/her interest becomes isolated from prevailing normative ideas and theories, he/she may try to recover something of primitive sensitivity and appeal to aesthetics. This moment can be called an aesthetic moment and, I dare to say, « Nietzschean moment3 ».

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