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Forms of Enlightenment in Art

Open Angle Books, 2010
ISBN 978-0-956762306
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Cover illustration by Alice Gillham

In opposition to the ideas of mimesis that we find in Aristotle's Poetics and Plato's Republic, I present a new conception of art as a form of knowledge. In this respect I see art as the portrayal of reflective life in action. This theory is demonstrated in connection with the work of Sophocles, Shakespeare, Bach, Beethoven, Turner and C├ęzanne. Interpretations of twenty-seven works of art explore the meaning and significance of each complete work as a representation of life. Reflective life is defined as a life that is valued in itself, and the analysis of art in this book shows how the portrayal of reflective life in action reveals the interconnection between inner experience, the form of reflective life and the life-defining forms of a community.

The Basis of Morality and its Relation to Dramatic Form in a Study of David Copperfield

Edwin Mellen Press, 1998
ISBN 077348390X
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Cover illustration: Recent Memory 11 soft pastel by Thanasis Manousis 

In this book I present a theory of the nature of morality in Part 1, and, in Part 2, relate this to a conception of dramatic form as a coherent representation of a person's psychological development. The moral theory is formulated in opposition to empirical theories by Hume (in his Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals) and Freud (in his Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis), and Kant's abstract theory in the Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals. Part 2 shows how the complex characterization of the hero in David Copperfield represents a person's development in accordance with the intricacies of our morally determined responses to life.