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Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays

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Their ultimate purpose is to recruit new believers, and members are pressured to recruit family and friends. In An Ancient Mariner: the Life of John Newton, biographer Bernard Martin says that Newton came to feel "the wider world into which he had been thrust ... was a cruel place where the strong seldom showed mercy to the weak." This tendency, enforced by often strict religious authority, has had the effect of narrowing the field of artistic possibility to such forms of art as Arabesque, mosaic, Islamic calligraphy, and Islamic architecture, as well as more generally any form of abstraction that can claim the status of non-representational art.

The Quest for Meaning: A Journey Through Philosophy, the

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While such natural phenomena often evoke "ooh" and "ah" responses, manufactured stimuli can also elicit such reactions. That is, most people have several combined philosophies that they use in different ways at different times. Her first attempted explanation doesn’t work, since too few of them bother to learn the fit-maker activities for themselves from watching them. Aesthetic realists, who believe in the (ontological) objectivity of beauty, will regard it as a truism.

Plotinus on Body and Beauty: Society, Philosophy, and

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Is this not just like the Alexandrian ‘man’? We could imagine Schopenhauer’s response to Nietzsche in which he could retort that the latter’s joy is merely an illusion, and that his dangerous thoughts will all too quickly precipitate the inherent tragedy. Epistemology: the study of knowledge and how it is acquired. However, he believed people who have attained this state must return to the world of everyday life and use their skills and knowledge to serve humanity.

Aesthetics After Metaphysics: From Mimesis to Metaphor

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Or, at a much lower level, a work of true art. In the Old Stone Age the fraction must have been much smaller. Raymond Williams argues that there is no unique aesthetic object but a continuum of cultural forms from ordinary speech to experiences that are signaled as art by a frame, institution or special event. Thus, to train and protect ideal citizens for an ideal society, the arts must be strictly controlled. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars. .. everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.

Thousand Cranes

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Aesthetic judgments may be linked to emotions or, like emotions, partially embodied in our physical reactions. Despite the economic connotations of this statement, Mies, like Sullivan before him, meant this in a poetic aesthetic sense in creating the greatest effect with the least means. Art A genre is a set of conventions and styles within a particular medium. He enjoyed, if that is the correct word for a grim-faced maven whose long nose sniffed disdainfully at everything, a minor notoriety for a poem called "Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana", which in the 1920s or 1930s won a prize in Nation.

The Aesthetic Paths of Philosophy: Presentation in Kant,

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Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects One of Mill's Methods for discovery of causal relationships. A collective identification of beauty, in the willing participants found in a given social spectrum, is at times perhaps a socially negotiated phenomenon, built into a culture or context. A distancing look flickered across the countenance of the custodian, a descendant of Southern sharecroppers and slaves whose grandparents had come to New Haven during World War II to work in gun factories now long since closed.

Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Cultural Interactions:

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The purpose of this essay is to lay out Kant’s deduction of the pure concept of understanding and show how our concepts are not just empirical, but concepts a priori.... [tags: transcendental deductions, aesthetics] Aesthetics of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison - Ralph Ellison painstakingly crafted a separate world in Invisible Man, a novel that succeeds because it is an intricate aesthetic creation -- humane, compassionate, and yet gloriously devoid of a moral. Other possibilities might be: "philosophy" vs. "dogma" (in the sense of critical vs. uncritical acceptance of belief); or "philosophy" vs. "hedonism" (temperance [self-restraint] vs. self-indulgence or pleasure-seeking); or "philosophy" vs. "the unexamined life" ( Apology 38a ).

Adventures with the Theory of the Baroque and French

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The same spirit fills much classic Greek art. I tell myself that design is not art so I can focus on the idea that design should be functional above all else, and once that is achieved the designer can imbue it with other properties. Relationship between man and nature is another dimension of metaphysics. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Millais), made noteworthy by Ruskin's writings on the subject, sought to give English art a greater independence, fidelity to nature, and poetic spirit, by linking it to the "primitive" painters of Italy.

Eric Rohmer: Filmmaker and Philosopher (Philosophical

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For Plato, the purest and highest kind of knowledge would be of the Form of the Good. Framed this way, theories and practices concerning artistic production and/or engagement may seem less pressing or useful than, say, work in the sister area of feminist social and political theory. Johnson uses recent research into infant psychology to show how the body generates meaning even before self-consciousness has fully developed. The PPE major allows these courses to count towards the major. 3.

Hair (Object Lessons)

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There are many reasons stated in the literature for studying music. No thinker arose capable of doing for the Renaissance treatises on poetry and art what Machiavelli did for political science, asserting with emphasis, not merely by the way and as an admission, its original and autonomous character. Instead, as emblematic of its newfound modernity, painting was now taught like philosophy, on the basis of abstract principles derived from a whole canon of past masters. Antony, edited by Charlotte Witt in the New York Times Review of Books, Volume 41, Number 17 · October 20, 1994 - Link Review: [untitled] Nicola Bradbury - Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature in The Modern Language Review, Vol. 88, No. 2 (Apr., 1993), p. 406 - Link Review: "Reading for Life": Martha C.