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Ideas of Monroe Beardsley, by Text

[American, b.1915, Born at Bridgeport. Professor at Temple University.]

1958 Aesthetics: problems in the philosophy of criticism
p.162 Art leads to mental health, and mental clarity
     Full Idea: Beardsley says aesthetic experience relieves tensions and quiet destructive emotions. It also aids us in sorting out the jumble in the flow of consciousness, by virtue of its tendencies toward heightened clarity and coherence.
     From: report of Monroe Beardsley (Aesthetics: problems in the philosophy of criticism [1958]) by NoŽl Carroll - Monroe Beardsley p.162-3
     A reaction: I find this claim highly implausible. I like art, but I feel neither healthier nor clearer after experiencing it.