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Title :

Aquinas' reasons for the aesthetic irrelevance of tastes and smells

Author :
CAMPBELL, Neil ;
Publication year :
1996
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Aquinas's account of beauty is difficult to reconstruct since it appears only in a fragmentary form, scattered throughout his works. One of the more curious aspects of his aesthetics is his claim that only sight and hearing contribute to the aesthetic appreciation of an object. After establishing the important role played by the forms both in Aquinas's three-fold account of beauty and in his ranking of the senses, Campbell argues that deeper reasons become apparent for Aquinas's claims about the aesthetic irrelevance of certain senses. Campbell asserts that the alternative explanation he offers has the virtue of fitting better with Aquinas's account of sensation and averts an apparent inconsistency with Aquinas's treatment of the senses elsewhere. Finally, the author evaluates the plausibility of Aquinas's views regarding his exclusion of touch, taste and smell from the aesthetic appreciation of the beautiful. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Beau, Le ; Esthétique ; Italie ; Sens ; Thomas d'Aquin, saint, v.1225-1274 ; 1200-1300 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Beauty (concept) ; Italy ; Senses ; Thomas Aquinas, S., ca.1225-1274 ; 1200-1300 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
British journal of aesthetics, 1996, 36, 2, Apr
INIST identifier :
25044031 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0007-0904 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;