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Ancient Greeks: Aristotle on the Purpose of Art

Ancient Greeks: Aristotle on the Purpose of Art

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 writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

4 Comments

  1. tcriggs

    Art is a conversation.

    Be there.

    Or be talked about. 🙃

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, art is provocative and interactive.

      Reply
  2. Animalista Untamed

    I think that’s about the most perfect definition of art Ive heard. Thank you.

    Reply

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