Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism: From Plotinus to Gregory of Nyssa


Whilst aesthetics as a self-discipline didn't exist earlier than the trendy age, historic philosophers provide many insights approximately attractiveness and paintings. In past due Antiquity Plotinus faced the matter of attractiveness and the price of the humanities. Plotinus' reflections have a tremendous function within the improvement of the concept that of the worth of inventive mind's eye in the course of the Renaissance and the Romantic period, yet he additionally encouraged the inventive flavor of his time.

Aesthetic issues in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism reconstructs the classy philosophical perspectives of past due Antiquity, and their relation to inventive creation of the time. through interpreting the resonance of Plotinus' notion with modern artists and with Christian thinkers, together with Gregory of Nyssa, the e-book demonstrates the significance of Plotinus' treatise On Beauty for the improvement of past due historical aesthetics. The Cappadocian fathers' curiosity in Plotinus is explored, in addition to the ensuing legacy of the pagan thinker's philosophy inside of Christian proposal, akin to the concept that of attractiveness and the narration of the contemplative experience.

Uniquely using philological and philosophical perception, in addition to exploring either pagan and Christian philosophy, Aesthetic topics in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism represents the 1st accomplished synthesis of aesthetic considered past due Antiquity.

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