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Platonova estetika lepog
Plato’s Aesthetics of Beauty

Author(s): Nebojša Grubor
Subject(s): Epistemology, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosphy
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: Aesthetics; beauty; Plato;

Summary/Abstract: In the first part of the article, the author argues on justifi ed usage of an expression “Plato’s Aesthetics of Beauty”(I). The second part, which is named “Dialectics of Beauty” (II), considers the problem of diversity of aspects of beauty within the dialogue Hippias Major. In the third part, or “Anamnestic Acknowledgement of Beauty” (III), Plato’s definition of beauty from the dialogue Symposium is considered at first. Then, referring to dialogue Theaetetus, it is shown in what way beauty is available to human knowledge. Finally, on the ground of dialogue Phaedrus, it is explained why is so hard for people to take cognizance of beauty itself. Author follows the thesis that there is complementarity between early Plato’s interpretation of beauty in the dialogue Hippias Major and later one in Symposium and Phaedrus; furthermore, that Plato’ aesthetics, seen in that light, does articulate ambivalence of beauty and that that is why Plato’s aesthetics of beauty represents the integral moment and trial of our philosophical-aesthetical self-understanding.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 95-115
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian