Artibus et Historiae no. 5 (III)

1982, ISSN 0391-9064

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ROSARIO ASSUNTO - Gardens in Language and the Language of Gardens

The point of departure for the work is the analogy between poetry and gardening. In poetry the words are employed expressively and not with the mere aim of communication. In a garden the plants, the trees, the grass are grown for expressive purposes and not for utilitarian goals. That is why the garden is the model for the aesthetics of agricultural planting (and not vice versa) just as poetry is the model for the aesthetics of the communicative discourse (and not vice versa). The author bases the polemics in the work on the refusal of utilitarianism and of scientism, with the claim to the primacy of beauty over utility, and of expression (and representation) over function. The basic philosophical reference is the critique of judgement by Kant, interpreted according to the romantic tradition.

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