Art and Aesthetic Term Paper

Art and Aesthetic
Overview of the interaction between the terms "art" and "aesthetic" in modern society.
# 119157 | 2,053 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2010 in Art (Education) , Art (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper analyzes the terms "art" and "aesthetic" from a philosophical perspective. The author states that this essay is meant to explore the idea of a mythically inclusive concept of art and aesthetic. Additionally, the author examines the relationship between art and aestheticism and how each is an equally important vehicle into the "imaginal" realm. The paper takes a look at the experiences of creating and viewing art, citing the opinions of various art historians and philosophers. The author concludes that redefining "art" and "aesthetic" creates a bridge between the conscious and unconscious self when experiencing art.

From the Paper:

"The creation and observation of Art pulls open the doors of the human experience, many of which exist at an unconscious level. Symbols are the means by which we may embrace the undercurrent of energy flowing within world's collective psychology. Culturally, Art ties one to a particular space while also knitting the creator/observer into the fabric of the global society. Hollis, (2004) relates that, "Our stories go deep, very deep into the archetypal realm, into the genetic code, the tribal history, the family of origin..." (p.112).These layers of symbol link personal history to cultural history, tie our personal understanding of the universe into the global cosmology. The energy of this connection rises up archetypally and fuels the communal symbols through which one gains access to the trans-personal, cross-cultural experience. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aesthetic. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.Retrieved May 5, 2008, from
  • Allen, P. B. (1995). Art is a way of knowing: A guide to self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment through creativity. Boston: Shambhala.
  • Art. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved May 9, 2008, from
  • Avens, R. (1980). Imagination is reality: Western nirvana in Jung, Hillman, Barfield, and Cassirer. Irving, TX: Spring.
  • Hollis, J. (2004). Mythologems: incarnations of the invisible world. Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts. Toronto: Inner City Books.

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