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Aesthetic Reverberations in Literature and Education

Edited By Feryal Cubukcu

Aestheticism is broader in scope than the philosophy of art. It is also broader than the philosophy of beauty, in that it applies to any of the responses we might expect works of art or entertainment to elicit, whether positive or negative. That is why the articles in this collective volume aim to highlight the various reverberations of aestheticism on literature and education over the centuries.

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Perceptions of Aesthetics Through Metaphors (Vesile Yıldız Demirtaş)


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Vesile Yıldız Demirtaş1

Perceptions of Aesthetics Through Metaphors

1. Introduction

“Aesthetics” is a term defined as the art of beauty. In this sense, the thing that we call beautiful is not only something appealing to the eye but also an aesthetic perfection of wholeness created with all senses (Bengisu, 2016; Tunalı, 1998; Balcı, 2015). Whether in nature or art work, any object that arouses an aesthetic pleasure in human beings is “beautiful”. Human beings have found beauty and values everywhere. For example, beauty exists in nature, in one’s appearance, in short, everywhere (Bengisu, 2016). On the other hand, used as a synonym of terms like “good, right, useful and successful” in daily language (a kind behavior, a good job, a picturesque view, an elegant painting, a nice book, a successful operation), the value of “beauty” shows a special aesthetic value. Additionally, these expressions state that the objects in question are aesthetically valuable (Gökay and Demir, 2006).

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