Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella’s: Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers

aesthetic_theoriesProfessor Emanuel L. Paparella – familiar to all the readers of Ovi magazine – is the writer of the book: “Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers” Ηιs second book with Ovi. In twenty chapters, twenty philosophers study the evolution of art and aesthetics.

Borrowing the author’s words from his prologue: “The students complained that they found the reading hard going. Some of them had never taken a philosophy course before. In an attempt to alleviate their difficulties I decided to attempt a simplification, a sort of Ockam’s razor of several entries and definition of aesthetic theories as outlined in Wertenberg’s anthology.

“I simply eliminated the reading themselves, although I left quite a few quotes from each philosopher or artist and focused rather on simplifying and explaining their theoretical thinking and definitions of Art. In other words, while the inspiration for those notes came directly from the text itself, my function as a commentator was that of simplifying, as best I could, the complex aesthetic theories of the great philosophers of Western Civilization and thus make the students more aware of the rich aesthetic tradition of Western Civilization as expressed philosophically.”

And at least for me he succeeded to his aim 110% and if you think that I exaggerate I challenge you to read the book.

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  1. William Glasser has written numerous books of which two are entitled, Defining mental Health as a Public Health Problem and Warning, Psychiatry Can be Hazardous to Your Health. These titles seem to directly challenge psychological and mental health professions. Some of these professionals have countered that Glasser’s work has been an attempt to reinvent theories of other theorists such as “… Erich Fromm, the psychologist Abraham Maslow and the psychotherapist Carl Rogers“ (Foderaro, 2002, p. 2).

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