The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems by Stephen Halliwell

By Stephen Halliwell

Mimesis is among the oldest, so much primary options in Western aesthetics. This publication deals a brand new, looking therapy of its lengthy historical past on the middle of theories of representational paintings: mainly, within the hugely influential writings of Plato and Aristotle, but in addition in later Greco-Roman philosophy and feedback, and hence in lots of parts of aesthetic controversy from the Renaissance to the 20 th century. Combining classical scholarship, philosophical research, and the historical past of ideas--and ranging throughout dialogue of poetry, portray, and music--Stephen Halliwell indicates with a wealth of aspect how mimesis, in any respect phases of its evolution, has been a extra advanced, variable thought than its traditional translation of "imitation" can now convey.

Far from offering a static version of inventive illustration, mimesis has generated many alternative types of paintings, encompassing a spectrum of positions from realism to idealism. below the impact of Platonist and Aristotelian paradigms, mimesis has been a crux of dialogue among proponents of what Halliwell calls "world-reflecting" and "world-simulating" theories of illustration in either the visible and musico-poetic arts. This debate is set not just the fraught dating among paintings and fact but additionally the psychology and ethics of ways we event and are suffering from mimetic art.

Moving expertly among historical and sleek traditions, Halliwell contends that the background of mimesis hinges on difficulties that remain of pressing quandary for modern aesthetics.

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