Paul Oskar Kristeller  

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"I shall not try to discuss any metaphysical theories of beauty or any particular theories concerning one or more of the arts, let alone their actual history, but only the systematic grouping together of the five major arts. [...] The subject has been overlooked by most historians of aesthetics and of literary, musical or artistic theories (I have come across only two authors who saw the problem quite clearly: H. Parker, The Nature of the Fine Arts[1] (London, 1885), esp. 1-30. A. Philip McMahon, Preface to an American Philosophy of Art (Chicago, 1945). The latter study is better documented but marred by polemical intentions.)" --"The Modern System of the Arts" (1951) by Paul Oskar Kristeller

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Paul Oskar Kristeller (May 22, 1905 in Berlin – June 7, 1999 in New York, USA) was an important scholar of Renaissance humanism. He was awarded the Haskins Medal in 1992. He was last active as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York, where he mentored both Irving Louis Horowitz and A. James Gregor.

An especially important achievement is his Iter Italicum (the title recalls Iter Alemannicum and other works of Martin Gerbert), a large work describing numerous uncatalogued manuscripts. After decades of neglect, Kristeller's lengthy, erudite essay of the early 1950s, "The Modern System of the Arts", in Journal of the History of Ideas, proved to be an influential, much reprinted classic reading in Philosophy of art.

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