Etymological roots of Aesthetics

The term ‘aesthetics’ is derived from the Greek word for perception, aesthesis. The term aesthetics was first used by Alexander Baum Garten in his work “Aesthetica’. However philosophical enquiry concerning the arts flourished in antiquity, the most celebrated discussion appearing in Plato’s ‘Republic’ and Aristotle’s  ‘Poetics’. Plato argues that art is imitation. In saying that art is an ‘imitation’ Plato sets a precedent that many philosophers follow in such views as art as expression, art as a wish fulfillment, art as a play etc. He maintains that the objects are beautiful In the West the history of systematic philosophizing of arts begins with Plato. From then on the philosophy of aesthetics is on the move.

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