The Judgment of Sense: Renaissance Naturalism and the Rise of Aesthetics

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 1990 - Philosophy - 365 pages
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With the rise of naturalism in the art of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance there developed an extensive and diverse literature about art which helped to explain, justify and shape its new aims. In this book, David Summers provides an investigation of the philosophical and psychological notions invoked in this new theory and criticism. From a thorough examination of the sources, he shows how the medieval language of mental discourse derived from an understanding of classical thought.
 

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Contents

The primacy of sight
32
The fallacies of sight
42
The harmony of the spheres
50
The common sense
71
Spirit us
110
The light of the piazza
125
Optics and the common sense
151
Confused knowledge
182
Cogitation
198
The mechanical arts
235
Prudence
266
The spark of God
283
Conclusions
311
Bibliography
337
Index
351
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