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Neoplatonic Aesthetics

Music, Literature, & the Visual Arts

Liana De Girolami Cheney and John Shannon Hendrix

Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts explores the idea of a Neoplatonic aesthetic, a philosophy of the arts based on the writings of Plato and the Neoplatonists – principally Plotinus, Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius, Nicolas Cusanus, and Marsilio Ficino – and more contemporary philosophers – Stephen MacKenna, Iris Murdoch, Denman Ross, Jacques Derrida, and Hans Georg Gadamer. This book examines the artistic production of figures such as Gioseffe Zarlino, Fra Angelico, Leon Battista Alberti, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Giorgio Vasari, and it formulates theoretical approaches to contemporary production based in the Neoplatonic philosophies.
Contents: John Hendrix/Liana De Girolami Cheney: Introduction – Turker Eroglu/Haci Mustafa Acikoz: One Instrument (Ney) and Two Philosophical Traditions – Georgia Markea/Christos Terezis: The Art of Flute-Playing in Proclus, the Neoplatonist – Kalomoira Polychronopoulou/Christos Terezis: The Neoplatonic Approach of Proclus to Music in Relation to Politics and Metaphysics – Lisa Friend: Grammar, Rhetoric and Music: Zarlino’s Theories and Pierre Boulez: «L’Artisanat Furieux» from Le Marteau Sans Maître – Albert Anderson: Plato’s Heritage in the Arts: Form as Essence – Jonathan Scott Lee: «...if one had the power to look at the god in oneself» - Metaphysics as Hermeneutics in the Aesthetics of Plotinus – Patrick Quinn: Translator as Commentator: Stephen MacKenna’s Views on Spiritual Transcendence – Sante Maletta: Moral Life and the Experience of Beauty: Iris Murdoch’s Pilgrimage from Fantasy into Reality – Allie Terry: A Humanist Reading of Fra Angelico’s Frescoes at San Marco – John Hendrix: The Neoplatonic Aesthetics of Leon Battista Alberti – Aphrodite Alexandrakis: Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, and Renaissance Art – Michael Grillo: David’s Other: Creation by the Gaze – Tammy Smithers: Michelangelo’s Artistic Captivity as Mirrored in His Neoplatonic Captives – Liana De Girolami Cheney: Giorgio Vasari’s Neoplatonic Cosmology: The Planets – Marie Frank: Platonic Thought in American Design Theory c. 1900 – Youli Rapti/Helen Tatla: Neoplatonic Origins of Postmodern Art and Architecture.