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Frontiers of Pleasure: Models of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi


This book calls into question a number of influential modern notions regarding aesthetics by going back to the very beginnings of aesthetic thought in Greece and raising critical issues about Greek conceptions of how one responds to the beautiful. The analysis centers on a dominant aspect of beauty—the aural—associated with a highly influential sector of culture that comprised both poetry and instrumental music, the “activity of the Muses” named mousikê. The main argument relies on a series of close-grained readings of literary and philosophical texts, from Homer and Plato to Kant, Joyce, and ... More

Keywords: aesthetic pleasure, aesthetic response, aesthetics, aural, beautiful, culture mousikê

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199798322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199798322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, author
Stanford University

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