Aesthetics, before being a trait of the art itself, is a fundamental fact of human sensibility. The aesthetic feeling is a feeling of pleasure, which can intensify in wonder and happiness. It can be aroused by a natural spectacle, a work of art, but also by objects or works that we aesthetize.

Where does artistic creativity come from? What is inspiration or genius? From the trance of the shaman to that of the poet, from the mimesis of the writer to that of the actor, what is the in vivo experience of the artist?

From Lascaux to Beethoven, from Dostoevsky to Orson Welles, Edgar Morin summons the works and artists who marked ou history to demonstrate the depth of the aesthetic experience. Great works are not just "entertainment": they give us an understanding of the human condition, of its comedies and tragedies.

Edgar Morin (8 July 1921) is a French philosopher and sociologist who has been internationally recognized for his work on complexity and "complex thought," and for his scholarly contributions to such diverse fields as media studies, politics, sociology, visual anthropology, ecology, education, and systems biology. He holds degrees in history, economics, and law. He wrote over 60 books, and is renowned in the French-speaking world, Europe, and Latin America.

  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-32-2
  • Dimensions: 128x200 mm
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2017
  • Original title: Sur l'esthétique
  • Original language: French
  • Translation: Rade Kalanj