Neoplatonism and Western Aesthetics
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Shows how the aesthetic views of Plotinus and later Neoplatonists have played a role in the history of Western art.
Grouped together in four broad headings, the essays in this book offer a well-balanced examination of both Neoplatonic aesthetics and its significance in Western art. The concept of "beautiful" and its influence on Christian thinkers is addressed in the works of various Neoplatonists from Plotinus to Proclus. The book also shows how historically the Neoplatonic concept of beauty is investigated and utilized by certain renowned artists and architects. Also discussed is the influence of Neoplatonism in contemporary discussions involving the creative process and the aesthetic experience generally. Furthermore, the concept of the beautiful plays a central role in discussions involving processes governing the generation of the world in Plotinus' works.
Aphrodite Alexandrakis is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Barry University. Nicholas J. Moutafakis is Professor of Philosophy at Cleveland State University. He is the author of Imperatives and Their Logics and The Logics of Preference: A Study of Prohairetic Logics in Twentieth Century Philosophy.