Beauty, Art and the Elements of Aesthetics Education in the Writings of Polish Neo‑Scholasticists of the Interwar Period Cover Image
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Piękno, sztuka i elementy edukacji estetycznej w pismach polskich neotomistów dwudziestolecia międzywojennego
Beauty, Art and the Elements of Aesthetics Education in the Writings of Polish Neo‑Scholasticists of the Interwar Period

Author(s): Janina Kostkiewicz
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: neo‑Scholasticism; beauty; art; aesthetics education; Kazimierz Kowalski; Karol Górski; Barbara Żulińska
Summary/Abstract: In the neo‑scholastic perspective, beauty is construed as the property of being and a feature of reality and human production, including art. It could be found in people’s ways of being and cultural heritage under the name of harmony, perfection or brilliance. The study of beauty is subject to the basic principles of the study of metaphysics. Beauty is an important factor in the development of identity: it uplifts and ennobles. The love of beauty includes rest, respite necessary for the human development. Art itself, not bound by the virtue of prudence, does not aim at improving the human subject, but it is concerned with the work of art itself. It is precisely because of this fact that the neo‑ Scholasticists perceive a conflict between morality and art; that danger, however, can be avoided if the artist is endowed with their own ethic, which contributes to an unwitting creation of ethical works. Art is without a doubt extremely important for the functioning of society and therefore should fulfill its social obligation through aesthetics education and making beauty, truth and goodness available to people from all walks of life.

  • Page Range: 15-35
  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish