This book provides a clear and informed account of aesthetic and callistic concepts as they occur in the works of Plato and Aristotle. The author illustrates their ideas on art and beauty by close reference to their texts and finds a profound similarity which unites them, revealing many of their differences to be complementary aspects of an essentially similar viewpoint. He also shows how Greek notions of art and beauty are not merely primitive steps in the advance to modern ideas but have a direct relevance to modern critical controversies.
Introduction 1. Romantic Beauty in Plato 2. The Sense of Harmony 3. Plato’s Evaluation of Art and Poetry 4. The Poetic Process 5. Aristotle on Art and beauty 6. Mimesis and Rhythm 7. Catharsis 8. Comedy. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index