Aristotle and the Philosophy of Art

Aristotle and the Philosophy of Art

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

The thinker who put forward the question of what art is and sought an answer to this question is Plato, who is also the founder of the metaphysics of beauty. However, Plato thought more about the social and political place and role of art rather than treating it as art. For this reason, we can say that the founder of the philosophy of art is Aritotle, who treats art as a problem on its own.

Aristotle’s “poetics” is the first work written on art recognized by the history of thought. The work has survived to the present day with some parts missing. In the work, Aristotle dealt with the problem of literary art and language, not with a general poetics. Still, there are some very important thoughts about Aristotle’s art, art theory and philosophy of art in the work. But Aristotle did not systematically examine these ideas. If Aristotle had written a poetics dealing with poesis in general and had applied the systematics of his other works to this work; Aesthetics, which could only become an independent discipline in the 18th century, could have been established in antiquity by Aristotle’s hand.

Aristotle’s Understanding of Art
The concept of the beautiful in Aristotle
Aristotle’s understanding of art
What is art as mimesis?

Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Grade 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Grade 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM)