Aristotle

Authored by: Nickolas Pappas

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  April  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782869
eBook ISBN: 9780203813034
Adobe ISBN: 9781136697142

10.4324/9780203813034.ch2

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Abstract

Whether or not we classify any of Aristotle's writings as aesthetics proper, he did produce the first extended philosophical studies of an art form. Most of his works on poetry have long disappeared, leaving the Poetics as our only souvenir of his theory of art. So that work has enjoyed an unmatched cultural influence, as writers followed Aristotle's rules for composing poetry, and critics followed his rules for evaluating those writers. Even when both sides distorted the Poetics, they learned from its principles, and our idea of art owes that little book a great debt.

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