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The Stoic Theory of Beauty$
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Aiste Celkyte

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474461610

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461610.001.0001

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Beauty and Its Problems: Introduction

Beauty and Its Problems: Introduction

(p.1) 1 Beauty and Its Problems: Introduction
The Stoic Theory of Beauty

Aistė Čelkytė

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses various philosophical problems that form a relevant background for studying Stoic aesthetics. It starts with W. Tatarkiewicz’s claim that the Stoic concept of beauty is one of three distinct ways of understanding beauty in European history. Second, Paul Oskar Kristeller’s famous claim that there was no aesthetics per se until the 18th century is discussed, arguing that some of the issues that preoccupied the Stoics are also dealt with by contemporary aesthetics as well. This is followed by a discussion of some general philosophical issues concerning beauty, especially focusing on topics of the relationship between moral and aesthetic values and the possibility of metaphysical unity of all the manifestations of beauty. The chapter concludes with an explanation of the scope of this study and detailed summaries of chapter content.

Keywords:   Paul Oskar Kristeller, W. Tatarkiewicz, 18th c. aesthetics, Stoicism

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