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History of Philosophy, Philosophy
Under Alexander the Great, who Aristotle had tutored, within ten years time Greek culture spread from Macedonia as far as Egypt and Babylon. As part of this expansion, the Greeks established city-states with a...
Art and Music, Courses, History of Philosophy, Moral theory, On Art and Music, On Reason, Poetry, Uncategorized
While Plato's aesthetics fundamentally focuses on moral questions of art, Aristotle's examines the rhetorical form and structure of tragedy and highlights the cathartic function of art. Again in contrast to Plato, Aristotle is not...
Courses, History of Philosophy, Moral theory, Politics
For Aristotle ethics and politics are fundamentally intertwined. He understands both domains functionally. The human function or purpose, he argues, is to be understood in relationship to our nature. To know that purpose we...
Art and Music, History of Philosophy, On Art and Music, Politics
Plato's aesthetics is characterized by a fundamental paradox: He warns continually to be wary of the seductive voice of poets and artists, but creates an artistically honed philosophy that is nearly unrivaled in its...
History of Philosophy, Moral theory, Philosophy, Uncategorized
Plato has a multifaceted study of justice, taking up the topic in numerous dialogues throughout his career. Here I will only explore his views as expressed in The Republic, a middle period dialogue written...