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Did Aristotle Recognise Aesthetic Emotion?

25 apr 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Arts Faculty
University of Bristol
The Reception Room
Wills Memorial Building
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Lecture by David Konstan (Paris IAS fellow) for the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol's Faculty of Arts.


Aristotle famously affirms, in the Poetics, that the emotions proper to tragedy are pity and fear. But are these aesthetic emotions, that is, responses to a work of art as such? In this lecture Professor Konstan suggests that they are, and that properly understood Aristotle’s view offers an important insight into the nature of art and emotion.

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