Plato assumed that most people are uninterested in learning in contrast, aristotle assumes that the instinct to learn is very deeply embedded in human nature as he puts it in part iv of the. The principal source of our knowledge of aristotle's aesthetic and literary theory is the poetics, but important supplementary information is found in other treatises, chiefly the rhetoric, the politics, and the nicomachean ethics as expressed in these works, aristotelian aesthetics directly contradicts plato's negative view of art by. Mimesis: plato and aristotle 1,515 words philosophy 2348: aesthetics\ the term ‘mimesis’ is loosely defined as ‘imitation’, and although an extensive paper could be written about the cogency of such a narrow definition, i will instead focus on plato and aristotle’s contrasting judgements of mimesis (imitation. This presentation deals with greek philosopher plato's objections to poetry and aristotle's clarification on the confusion created by plato it is said that plato confused study of morals/ethics with that of aesthetics. Aristotle's thoughts on art so many samples of art and artistic creations in his other books that they might be useful to understand aristotelian aesthetics today according to aristotle the concept of beauty might have been mentioned as long as a work of art existed he was born in the city of stagira in macedonia he entered plato.
If aesthetics is the philosophical inquiry into art and beauty (or a contemporary surrogate for beauty, eg aesthetic value), the striking feature of plato's dialogues is that he devotes as much time as he does to both topics and yet treats them oppositely. Esthetics: see aesthetics aesthetics, the branch of philosophy that is concerned with the nature of art and the criteria of artistic judgment the classical conception of art as the imitation of nature was formulated by plato and developed by aristotle in his poetics, click the link for more information. Considerations of artistic beauty and creativity were also addressed in works inspired by aristotle’s rhetoric and poetics, and islamic philosophers also adapted some of plato’s views on literature and imitation, particularly those expressed in the republic.
Aristotle was an ancient greek philosopher whose work has been extremely important to the development of both western philosophy and western theology it has traditionally been thought that aristotle started out in agreement with plato and gradually moved away from his ideas, but recent research. Plato's aesthetics unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on wikipedia article aristotle's aesthetics or another language wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the gnu free documentation license or on original research by jahsonic and friends. Aristotle's work on aesthetics consists of the poetics, politics (bk viii) and rhetoric and the greek can mean what plato says it means in laws ii, 665a: (the name of) ordered body movement aristotle differentiates between tragedy and comedy throughout the work by distinguishing between the nature of the human characters that populate. Philosophy 101 - aesthetics study play plato republic aristotle poetics kant critique of the power of judgment -art imitates nature/human activity and its principles with tea-room focuses on the frailty of existence-effect of beauty awakens something in us - this is why we appreciate art.
1 the paper aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that examines all aspects of aesthetic appreciation and evaluation questions range from relatively narrow concerns about the various art-forms such as ‘can purely instrumental music express emotion' or ‘is pictorial representation best understood in terms of a system of semantic conventions' to wider questions about the metaphysics. Plato discusses to prepon te einai kai hannottein in rhetoric at gorgias 504a he is concerned with effecting kosmos and taris in the soul of thc listener (504b- c), which depends on the good character of the orator (502e-503d. Aesthetic atheism denies the existence of god (based on the failure of proofs of god's existence and also based on the ways in which religious belief leads to various distortions, as nietzsche saw) but at the same time affirms experiences of transcendence. In his poetics, plato contemplates the nature of aesthetics and existence he postulates that for every existing object and idea there is an absolute 'ideal' which transcends human experience.
Essay: art as imitation in plato and aristotle posted on january 9, 2013 by literaryfruit ancient greek thought held that poetry, drama, and other forms of fine art were imitations of reality, a reality that could be actual or potential. Plato and aristotle plato (left) and aristotle, detail from school of athens, fresco by raphael, 1508–11 in the stanza della segnatura, the vatican plato pointing to the heavens and the realm of forms, aristotle to the earth and the realm of things. Plato argues that particular instances of, say, beauty or justice exist only because they participate in the universal form of beauty or justice on the contrary, aristotle argues that universal concepts of beauty and justice derive from the instances of beauty and justice in this world. Metaphysics, or the parts still in existence, spans fourteen books the early books give background information and survey the field before aristotle's time he also describes the nature of wisdom: it begins with sense perceptions, which must be translated into scientific expertise.
Little book known to us as aristotle’s poetics probably written about 347-42 b c the aesthetic can thus be evaluated primarily as aesthetics vs moral and political for plato when aristotle inquires into the “nature” of something. In understanding religion as an imitation of philosophy, the islamic philosophers were consciously evoking the background of aristotle's poetics and plato's republic and the aesthetic theories which they developed through a creative blending of the respective views of their two ancient sources on the nature of imitation. Aristotle’s famous work entitled poetics exposes a novel way of dealing with art and is considered to be a great contribution to aesthetic theory because 32 rather than viewing art as an imitation of an imitation, as plato did, aristotle makes it clear that imitation really refers to “emulation of reality.
In this way, plato sees artists as mimics who poorly copy nature, which itself is a copy of the perfect form that exists only in the divine realm aristotle, on the other hand, recognizes the skill, or “techne”, that is implicit in artistic creation. Iv abstract traditional approaches taken in analyzing plato's aesthetics tend to privilege either the critical dia-logues (especially the critiques present throughout republic), or the dialogues which present poetry in a more positive light. Argument #1, a simplified reconstruction of plato's argument in the republic in favor of censorship of the arts argument #2, a simplified reconstruction of an argument against proposing divine standards of truth, beauty, and goodness.