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Byzantion nea hellás

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GONZALEZ A, Sergio. The Fine Arts as Therapy in Aristotle. Byzantion nea hellás [online]. 2010, n.29, pp.73-86. ISSN 0718-8471.

From Homer onwards, Greek texts show abundant references to the therapeutic applications of the fine arts. The most complete system dealing with this issue in its diverse manifestations is to be found in the Platonic dialogues. However, Aristotle's manifold analyses are scattered and isolated. First, the view of health as harmony in Aristotle's thought is expounded, then the concepts of tékhne and phrónesis are described and compared, the necessity of art to paideía is demonstrated, and finally the therapeutic use of the different arts in order to preserve or restore health is examined'm detall.

Keywords : Aristotle; C. Cavarnos; fine arts; therapy; Greek medicine.

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