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Ancient Greeks: Aristotle on the Purpose of Art

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

The aim of art is to represent
not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.

~ Aristotle


Aristotle, (born c. 384 bce—died c. 322 bce), is a towering figure in ancient Greek philosophy, making contributions to logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, politics, agriculture, medicine, dance and theatre. He was a student of Plato who in turn studied under Socrates. He was more empirically-minded than Plato or Socrates and is famous for rejecting Plato’s theory of forms.” ~ Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

READ MORE: Aristotle: Greek Philosopher | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

Art can illuminate beauty as well as pain. I think artistic and creative activism does both, spurring visionary action.

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?


Ancient Greek Wisdom  

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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