Category: Aesthetics

Aeschylus

Veteran of Marathon and distinguished playwright, he was a father of Greek Drama, employing a second actor along with the chorus. 525 – 456BC   The Oresteia: Agamemnon – with…

Veteran of Marathon and distinguished playwright, he was a father of Greek Drama, employing a second actor along with the chorus.

525 – 456BC

 

The Oresteia:

Agamemnon – with music by Birtwhistle (youtube) part I, Part II

The Libation Bearers – Birtwhistle Libation Bearers (youtube)

The Furies – Birtwhistle Furies (youtube)

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Comparison

  How is X the same as something/someone else What makes it different from what it is similar to? (see the predicables) What does it not share with the rest…

 

  • How is X the same as something/someone else
    • What makes it different from what it is similar to? (see the predicables)
    • What does it not share with the rest of its genus?
    • What was it in the past?
    • What might it be in the future?
    • What is its opposite in kind?
    • What is it analogous to?
    • Similitude:  The current situation is like one that we’ve seen before, i.e., the search for resemblances.
  • How is an X different from something/someone else
  • To what degree?
    • How does it compare to its normal version?
    • How does it differ from things that resemble it?
    • How is it different from precedents and parallel versions?
    • What is its range of variation?
    • Is its opposite or contrary better or worse
    • Is X better worse than Y?  more/less
    • How can it be evaluated?
    • What is the standard of evaluation?

Grammar includes the metaphor and simile.  Judgements of quality relate to beauty, goodness and truth.  Art is imitation.

Logic of comparison deals with the concrete and poesy, compared to the analytic mode of reason that subtracts from essence.   “my love is like a red red rose” “God is Love”.  Poetic reasoning is more compact and comprehensive than analytic.

Rhetoric of comparison is a formational discipline.  The ethical consideration determines what is best regarding choice.  The aesthetic consideration determines what is best regarding desirability.  Classical Christian Education is emphatically committed to the ‘best’.

 

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The Presentation: Its Schedule

Trial Exordium Trial Narratio Proof Presentation (Research Paper) Narratio with Propositio Stasis Proof II Presentation (Research Paper) Complete Arrangement Proof III Presentation (Research Paper) Memory Sed Contra Chrysostom

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Triumph of the West

A BBC video series hosted by J.M. Roberts, author of┬áThe New Penguin History of the World. Episodes: Dangerous Gifts A New Direction The Heart of the West The World’s Debate…

A BBC video series hosted by J.M. Roberts, author of The New Penguin History of the World.

Episodes:

Dangerous Gifts

A New Direction

The Heart of the West

The World’s Debate

East of Europe

The Age of Light

The East is Red

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Western Civilization

What is Europe? What is Western Civilization? Some matter for thought here.

Find Episode 1 of Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilization’ here.

Whether we understand the genesis of Western Civilization as begun with the Greeks or the Church, we have an idea of what it is and is not.  Enemies of Western Civilization still exist as they have throughout the history of our culture.  Oddly, many of them were raised in the privilege of the western experience, proving the axiom that “civilizations are conquered from within long before they succumb to the enemies from without”.

The Triumph of the West

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