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Art and Scholasticism and the Frontiers of Poetry

by Jacques Maritain

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Art and Scholasticism is a collection of essays on the philosophy of art, fine art particularly. They are influenced by scholasticism in that the author frequently references classical sources, Aquinas mostly, and the philosophers, in support of his ideas. The contemporary or more modern sources referenced are mostly French, and I suspect this is partly due to the author favouring his countrymen, but it is excusable for the reason that the French do seem genuinely bent towards this kind of discussion of art, Proust indulging in some similar discussion in his novel to those here made.
Aesthetics and art are areas of philosophy I have not read into before, and this book seems more concerned with the latter. Art as discussed here being the process of the creation of a material form, in the attempt to capture the glimspe of form of beauty that the artist sees. Aesthetics, the philosophy of what makes something beautiful is separate, and is not really discussed as much here. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Oct 5, 2009 |
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