Avicenna on Beauty

Mohamadreza Abolghassemi


The purpose of this paper is to study the philosophy of Avicenna (980-1073), in order to identify his thoughts and reflections regarding aesthetics. We will try to analyze several texts in which he treated the notion of beauty. This analysis will allow us to compare the aesthetics of Avicenna with its main origins, namely Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism. Then, the detailed presentation of his aesthetic reflections will show us that his contributions to subjects relating to beauty, perfection, and aesthetic delight bear some originality which, despite the determining influence of Neoplatonism, has its own independent voice. The latter is the case, since these originalities are the results of a hybridization of two great philosophical schools, namely Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism.


Avicenna; beauty; perfection; Aristotelianism; Neoplatonism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-23271

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