The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series (2020)

The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series George Santayana The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series George Santayana is an unequaled champion of emotional life and the value of pure contemplation and imaginative play In his first philosophical book The Sense of Beauty Santayana elucidates how the
  • Title: The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series
  • Author: George Santayana
  • ISBN: 9780760770429
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series George Santayana George Santayana is an unequaled champion of emotional life and the value of pure contemplation and imaginative play In his first philosophical book, The Sense of Beauty, Santayana elucidates how the contemplation of beautiful ideals invests our lives with meaning His great achievement is to offer a way of retaining the significance of spiritual and moral values in the cGeorge Santayana is an unequaled champion of emotional life and the value of pure contemplation and imaginative play In his first philosophical book, The Sense of Beauty, Santayana elucidates how the contemplation of beautiful ideals invests our lives with meaning His great achievement is to offer a way of retaining the significance of spiritual and moral values in the context of a predominantly materialist and scientific world This seminal work explores aesthetics, the psychological and cultural importance of art, and the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.
The Sense of Beauty Library of Essential Reading Series George Santayana

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  1. BlackOxford

    Harvard s Nutty ProfessorThere is much to agree with in George Santayana s The Sense of Beauty But almost all of that is trivial It is with substantive issues that disagreement reigns His sense of beauty is just that, a sense, which is personal, innate, and inexpressible in language Terry Eagleton would undoubtedly classify Santayana as the epitome of the 19th century bourgeoise aesthete, whose primary concern is the defence of middle class values against the increasingly powerful attacks of soc [...]

  2. Jordi de Paco

    This book is incredibly boring, full of innecesarily complex construction of sentences, which makes it hard to swallow I ve had a harsh time reading it However, I kept reading it, because even if not immediately, I noticed myself perceptive towards beauty Like if even I was having a bad time reading it, its principles altered my subconscious in a way that allowed me to understand art and beauty at many other levels that what I used to Now I see myself taking conscious decisions when designing [...]

  3. Cassandra Kay Silva

    I am not sure if I was satisfied with the way that Santayana approached this topic I understand that some of these issues come with his perspective as a philosopher Frankly, spending the beginning of the book saying a hundred ways that people define beauty and then using the last half to define what it is he has determined beauty to be, seems a bit backward Perhaps I am a bit too much of a conventionalist but I would have preferred if he had spend the earlier portion of his work being clear abo [...]

  4. David

    Eloquent and intense, Santayana s The Sense of Beauty outlines the parameters and structure of aesthetic thought After preliminarily defining beauty as value positive, intrinsic, and objectified pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing, Santayana presents sections on matter, form, and expression Idealization and perfection play a strong role in his aesthetics, and he prizes clarity and stability of form and purity of expression in art he pits himself against the expressive excesses of Romant [...]

  5. David Corbet

    This is an excellent book on aesthetics Not only is it a classic but it is philosophically sound I do believe this is a must read for every artist, and anyone interested in the idea of beauty and the philosophy of aesthetics.

  6. Devyn Kennedy

    This is a relatively good outline of Aesthetic theory Further, it is enlightening The bit about music and appreciating for music making it of a mathematical beauty of perceived form was particularly interesting I, in fact, thought that this whole outline was really informative and managed to, at the very least, show that ones taste in things is always justified, even if it is different.However, I have a huge problem with this book, being that it is dry It starts out as defining beauty, which is [...]

  7. Charlie N

    It s interesting to read this work of Santayana s from the perspective of his later ontological distinctions in Scepticism and Animal Faith, and Realms of Being In his later terminology, beauty is an essence, a form, that arises when a conscious perspective contemplates a work of art, or a state of affairs Not all works of art assume this form for all observers It is the confluence of a suitable form of matter and a suitable psyche Santayana s later term for the physical organization that underl [...]

  8. Stephanie

    Although by and large I enjoyed this work, the linguist in me must reject the application of an aesthetic principle to different languages Once again, Euro centrism would put Latin and Greek at the pinnacle of linguistic beauty Find me a person with equal familiarity with the 6000 languages of the world, and I might be willing to allow some sort of aesthetic comparison of linguistic systems, but until then yeah, not so much.Also, it started to lose me near the end, particularly on expression.

  9. Menashe Israel

    The kernel of this book is Santayana s thoughts on Expression, and its intertwined ness with the varying aesthetic education of the perceiver Everything else is cushion.

  10. Muzzy

    Santayana begins with the assumption that truth and beauty are the same thing That s where he lost me.

  11. Aidan Sawyer

    Beautifully written Makes some really interesting points on aesthetic theory Directed poetry Guy s amazing.

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