Introduction 

Philosophy

Philosophy (the term coined by Pythagoras) means love of wisdom and represents a form of cognition that tries to get a united world outlook by logic reasoning, in other words it is a search for knowledge and for meaning of existence. For a layman philosophy might be seen as an abstract an indoor activity of some strange middle age gentlemen completely detached from the real life. It is a deceptive view, because there is no tool a weapon as mighty as the human brain. The ideas born in the heads of these men in due time create such tempests and storms, that kingdoms fall, the life of millions of people change, and the common views of public dramatically transform. Suffice is to mention the witty Voltaire, whose name is associated with the French Revolution, which has shaken the whole Europe. The name and influence of K. Marx is so familiar that no comments are needed. May be not all of the philosophers were engaged in the topic of aesthetics, but the striving for beauty and knowledge has very deep roots in the human endeavors. The object of the current short hand description is to show the development of art and the human perception of the world, which is reflected in the art, starting from the Archaic Greece. The main idea is to show the relatedness of the both phenomena, and to reflect how our vision of the surrounding world is associated with and reflected by art. The influence of a human world outlook upon the way of thinking or doing things is both self evident and simultaneously dependent upon the social environment.

Time table
Philosophy
Arts
The impact of social aspects
The Greek philosophy and art
The Christian period
Renaissance
17th-18th Century
19th Century
20th Century
A Historic Review
Zeitgeist
An attempt to grasp the term beauty
Modern times
Market dominance
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