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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, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1955 by Dover Publications (first published 1896)
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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 ...
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عبداللطيف بن يوسف
كتاب بديع وكونه خرج من المركز القومي للترجمة فذلك كفيل بقول أن اللغة كانت سليمة وجميلة، ولعلني أقول أن كل من يشتغل في المجالات الفنية والجمالية سيعتبر هذا الكتاب مرجع يعود إليه، ربما كان غير ممتع جداً كأي كتاب فلسفي في العالم مما اضطرني لأخذ بعض الاستراحات، ولكنه يبقى فاتناً وفي التفاتات نفسية رائعة للإجابة عن السؤال الأبدي ( ما هو الجميل وماهو القبيح) و(لماذا أصبح الجميل جميلاً) يأخذك من الشكل إلى الأسلوب بأمثلة تقرب المعنى وتسهّل الفهم. أحببته وأتمنى أن أقرأ المزيد من الكتب في هذا المجال
Jordi De Paco
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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 more 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 more conscious decisions whe ...more
Mohja Alhosh
هذا الكتاب و حسب رأي المتواضع انه مهم لكل إنسان فيه يفرق الفيلسوف الامريكي جورج سانتيانا ، و هو واحد من اجود و اعمق من تفلسف في علم الجمال في القرن الفائت و يركز فيه بين التفرقه بالإحساس بالجمال من حيث هو جمال و بين الإحساس باللذة الجسمانية و اللذة الجمالية تكسب المرء الشعور او وهم التحرر من جسده، لانها ليست لذة مركزة في عضوء معين، تخيّل هذا الأمر و انت منفعل بشئ جميل سواء جمال طبيعي كمنظر او مكان أو صناعي من صنع الإنسان كلوحة، قطعة موسيقية أو مشهد من فيلم أو بيت شعر حينها تشعر بأنها لذة إدراكية ...more
Moneim
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: نقد-أدبي
سهل ممتنع ..
Cassandra Kay Silva
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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
David
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Menashe Israel
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, beauty
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.
Devyn Kennedy
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a relatively good outline of Aesthetic theory. Furthermore, it is enlightening. The bit about music and appreciating for music making it more 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 be
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Charlie N
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it


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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Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب من العيار الثقيل جدا ، و يحتاج لتمهل شديد جدا .. لأصحاب الأنفس الطويلة تجاه الفلسفة
Muzzy
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Santayana begins with the assumption that truth and beauty are the same thing. That's where he lost me.
Aidan Sawyer
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Makes some really interesting points on aesthetic theory. Directed poetry. Guy's amazing.
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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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