Assignment 5_Art (final draft)

Assignment 5_Art (final draft) - Chantel Wynter...

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Chantel Wynter Writing 101 – Mike Stanish Assignment #5: Art What art is and what one actually considers art formulates into different views depending on the person. There have been so many different views as to what can truly be considered art from what is not art at all. Everyone depicts art in their own way taking from the views of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and Oscar Wilde. All these authors took on different aspects as to how they viewed art and Plato and Socrates ended up having similar beliefs while Aristotle and Wilde ended up feeling the exact opposite but with similar beliefs as well. Actually accepting one meaning as to what art is is impossible due to the different mindsets of each person when interpreting a piece of art depending on what the art form is. When it comes to a certain piece of art even I might not agree with the views of these authors because I have my own views on what I consider art. I may not even have the same interpretation as the artist themselves but that doesn’t mean what I’m seeing and how I feel is wrong. Even some things these authors may see as artistic are pretty much pointless to me and have no meaning because of the fact that I have a different view on the piece of. According to Socrates who was an idealist uses an example to express his views of art according to the introduction “It is the idea of the table that God has created, and it is the idea “table” that is consequently real. God is the maker of this ideal reality; each actual table, in contrast, is no more than one imperfect object into the world of appearances, by definition a false and “untrue” realm.” (Socrates 558) He believes that art is nothing more than the “unreal” and” untrue” and just an imitation of what actually is. Socrates pupil Plato actually believed in the same view towards art. He believes, as the excerpt states when giving background information on him “Since for Plato truth is absolute and ideal, the very rootedness of art in this world
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diminishes its value.” (565) He specifically states “By definition, art (he uses “poetry” to
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