A Comparative Study of Aesthetic Theories

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aesthetics, philosophy, transcendental, beauty


Esthetics | Philosophy


Since the early days of Greece, philosophers have addressed themselves to questions regarding the nature of beauty and its function in the life of man. For some, such as Pythagoras, beauty was nothing more than certain mathematical relationships properly expressed and leading to an apprehension of the true nature of the cosmos; for others, such as Immanuel Kant, beauty was not so easily explained in terms of completely objective or mathematical existence. Beauty became a function of innate dimension of mind and a bridge to true understanding. Some men posed questions regarding the elements of beauty; some have been more interested in its employment; still others have concerned themselves with the question of whether or not the recognition and creation of beauty may reside only in a certain type of individual. Very few philosophers have truly dealt with the nature of the aesthetic as a primary element in the nature of man. With the exception of the works of a few men, such as George Santayana and Ananda K. Coomeraswamy, Aesthetics seems to have been a stepchild of philosophy.

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