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Adam Smith

Adam Smith  

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(1723–90)Scottish philosopher and economist. Although best remembered as an economist, Smith was a polymath, and an eminent social theorist and moral philosopher. Born in Kirkcaldy, he was educated ...
Aesthetic Movement

Aesthetic Movement  

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Term designating late-nineteenth-century enthusiasm for opulent arts and handcrafts, especially within a domestic context. Advocating beauty as a touchstone for every aspect of life, it grew from the ...
Aesthetic Theory

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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2009
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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1,133 words

The absence of a body of written systematic aesthetic theory in Islam before the nineteenth century may be attributed in

Aesthetic Thought

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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2,417 words

The problematic of African aesthetics is a modern era phenomenon unknown in its most brutal sense prior to the coming

aestheticism

aestheticism  

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1. An alleged social trend which involves an increasing personal concern with visual displays and/or a growing role for public spectacle in everyday life; typically a pejorative term. See also visual ...
Aesthetics

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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11,897 words

To explore aesthetic issues in dance in broad areas of world culture, this entry comprises four articles: African Dance

Aesthetics

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

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2007
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Classical studies
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1,633 words

Branch of Western philosophy concerned primarily with the arts, especially the fine arts, although it often treats the concepts of

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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2003
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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156 words

is the branch of philosophy which deals with the nature of art and of artistic judgment. Some of the central

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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2004
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Art & Architecture
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64 words

The branch of philosophy dealing with questions of beauty and taste. The term, which derives from a Greek word meaning ‘to perceive’, was coined by the German philosopher ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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Art & Architecture
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55 words

[from the Greek aisthētika, ‘perceptible things’]

The philosophy of the beautiful in art and *taste. The present usage of the term originates from its adoption in ...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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150 words

(Gk. aisthesis, perception)

Specialized branch of philosophy concerned with the arts. Plato's classical formulation of art as a

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F. Stephen Halliwell

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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880 words
Since its coinage in the mid-18th cent., ‘aesthetics’ has come gradually to embrace philosophies of both art and beauty (whether natural or created). Antiquity lacked any explicit ... More
aesthetics

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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2003
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Art & Architecture
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482 words

a term used to describe thinking about the nature of art, particularly that which treats it as a singular and

aesthetics

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Richard L. Gregory

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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2,069 words

Derived from the Greek verb aesthanesthai (to perceive), the term ‘aesthetic’ was until fairly recently used in connection with the philosophy of sensation and ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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1,506 words

A branch of *philosophy that appeared during the 18th century in Germany. Aesthetics in the MA refers to contemporary discussions

Aesthetics

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
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295 words

Branch of philosophy concerned primarily with the arts, with concepts of natural beauty and the appreciation of nature. Whereas an

aesthetics

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
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1,757 words

is a branch of philosophy that concerns either the nature of beauty (whether natural or artistic) or the nature of

Aesthetics

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
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68 words

Arabic ilm al-jamal. Until modern times there has been no systematic Islamic theory of aesthetics or of fine arts, although

Aesthetics

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945)
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7,241 words

It would be inaccurate to speak of a single Enlightenment aesthetic because there existed several theoretical discourses on art during

Aesthetics

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Alexander Kazhdan

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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467 words

The aesthetic principles of the Byz. were revealed both in works of literature (esp. ekphrasis, epigram, and literary portrait) and objects of visual art. The ...

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