Boas, George. “The Arts in the
‘Encyclopédie.’” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 23, no. 1, Wiley, American Society for Aesthetics, 1964, pp. 97–107. JSTOR, JSTOR, doi:10.2307/428142.
This article, focusing on d’Alembert’s “Preliminary Discourse”, focuses on a specific idea: the Encyclopédie’s role to explain how various subject areas relate to one another and to mention the basic principles of each science and art are closely related. Boas breaks down d’Alembert’s theories on the origins and organization of ideas, demonstrating the extent to which the arts and sciences overlap each other. However, the differences between the two are not forgotten and Boas particularly points out the specific, unique aspects of the Encyclopédie’s organization, such as ethics and logic being placed into the “arts” category. Following a brief discussion on d’Alembert’s second theory (that there are three areas of classification: history/memory, philosophy/reason, and imagination/fine arts), Boas moves to the articles in the Encyclopédie and an analysis on their relation to the ideas expressed in the “Preliminary Discourse” in an ultimate attempt to determine the aesthetics of the Encyclopédie as a whole.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Arts, Preliminary Discourse
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