Philosopher, historian of ideas, historian of art and mainly aesthetician, Tatarkiewicz was a great figure in the Polish humanities. His main merits embrace three types of activity: a) the ordering of notions and concepts in the field of history and aesthetics, b) formulating his own solutions and concepts, c) introducing pluralistic views in all the domains he was interested in. As a historian of aesthetics, in his monumental History of Aesthetics (which appeared in the years 1960-67, in three volumes) Tatarkiewicz introduced a pair of very important concepts: implicite and explicite aesthetics. They were soon to become very famous and internationally recognized. The first embraces all views implied in works of art, while the latter refers to systematic theories.
Tatarkiewicz's letters to Kazimierz Twardowski
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