Aesthetic Education: History of Aesthetic Education

Moore, Ronald. "Aesthetic Education: History of Aesthetic Education," in Vol. 2 Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, edited by Michael Kelly, 89-93. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Two sets of issues are commonly subsumed under the rubric of aesthetic education, as the expression is used in philosophical and pedagogical literature. The first comprises a host of questions about roles to be played by the arts (chiefly the “fine arts”) in the education of various populations of students, about relations between these roles and other components of academic training, and about instructive dimensions of aesthetic experience that extend outside the classroom. The second more narrowly concerns the question of what role, if any, philosophical aesthetics itself should play in the education of both arts students and others.

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