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The Sense of Beauty

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It is remarkably appropriate that this work on aesthetics should have been written by George Santayana, who is probably the most brilliant philosophic writer and the philosopher with the strongest sense of beauty since Plato. It is not a dry metaphysical treatise, as works on aesthetics so often are, but is itself a fascinating document: as much a revelation of the beauty ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 1955 by Dover Publications
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نهى أبوعسل
يصعب عن اعطي انطباع واحد عما اثاره في نفسي ذلك الكتاب
فالكاتب هنا جازف كما يجازف كل الفلاسفة بمحاولة ايجاد شرح يفسر موضوع نفسي و وجداني بحت مثل الاحساس بالجمال و او كما اعطى اسما لمؤلفه ( تخطيط النظرية في علم الجمال ) .
لكن للأسف في هذا الكتاب رغم مجهود الكاتب الواضح و المميز و محاولاته المضنية ... الا ان الكتاب لم يوفي الاحساس بالجمال حقه من الشرح ... فكل موضوع من الموضوعات التي اثارها الكاتب تحتاج الي مجلد لشرحها و فهمها .
فقد قسم الكاتب موضوعه الى ثلاث اقسام كبرى .. مادة الجمال ... و الشكل ...
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 more cl ...more
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 excess ...more
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.
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 un ...more
Aidan Sawyer
Beautifully written. Makes some really interesting points on aesthetic theory. Directed poetry. Guy's amazing.
Santayana begins with the assumption that truth and beauty are the same thing. That's where he lost me.

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 expressio
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Philosopher, poet, literary and cultural critic, George Santayana is a principal figure in Classical American Philosophy. His naturalism and emphasis on creative imagination were harbingers of important intellectual turns on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a naturalist before naturalism grew popular; he appreciated multiple perfections before multiculturalism became an issue; he thought of phil ...more
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“To feel beauty is a better thing than to understand how we come to feel it. To have imagination and taste, to love the best, to be carried by the contemplation of nature to a vivid faith in the ideal, all this is more, a great deal more, than any science can hope to be.” 7 likes
“A habitual indulgence in the inarticulate is a sure sign of the philosopher who has not learned to think, the poet who has not learned to write, the painter who has not learned to paint, and the impression that has not learned to express itself--all of which are compatible with an immensity of genius in the inexpressible soul.” 2 likes
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