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Art - Theories of Aesthetics
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Part of Art:

1. Concept and Meaning of Art

2. Theories of Aesthetics

Aesthetics is the science which is concerned with the beautiful and with art. Since art and beauty are on the plane of the sensible, the question arises as to whether they can have transcendental dimensions and what their relations may be to the transcendent. This difficulty was felt very early, quite apart from Christian thought. In his Republic Plato judged art as fatally linked to the sensible. Nonetheless, condemnation of art was followed by praise of beauty, which was given its most significant interpretation in the Sym…

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Elisa Oberti, “Art - Theories of Aesthetics”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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