6162RES: [neoplatonism] Question: Brisson and the Kristeller Thesis
- Jan 13, 2014
Sorry for the bad text in my last message.
I am really not good at typing on the tablet…
Welcome to the group.
I think you in mind this article: "L'opposition phusis/tekhnè chez Plotin", Oriens-Occidens, Sciences mathématiques et philosophie de l'Antiquité à l'âge classique, 5, 2004, p. 23-40.
If I am not wrong, it is available somewhere on web.
What he says is not actually new. Emile Bréhier had said basically the same in the “notices” to enneads I. 6 and V. 8 of his translation.
Plotinus’ “aesthetics” is much studied, you’ll find hundreds of thinks about it.
One old book which I find very good and think that still has it value is La signification d’art dans les Ennéades de Plotin, by E. de Keyser.
I am sure that Professor John Dillon and Michael Chase will have the right will be able to give you a better and more complete answer.
I read recently that Luc Brisson argues that Plotinus has no doctrine of aesthetics, because the term was not invented until Baumgarten, and thus Brisson can be read as supporting the Kristeller Thesis (i.e. there is no notion of the Fine Arts until the Modern Era). I am familiar with Baumgarten’s Aesthetica (1750), but cannot find the article or book where Brisson cites its first use of the term aesthetic in this modern sense as evidence for the ancients not having a similar notion.
Can anybody remember that article or book by Brisson?
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