Aristotle's concept of the polis and Wittgenstein's theory of language game as contexts for aesthetic experience
In this thesis, I compare and contrast Aristotle's and Wittgenstein's philosophies of aesthetics as derived from their general philosophies. I claim that Aristotle's political animals can be interpreted as the basis of Wittgenstein's language-using animals, and that Wittgenstein further develops Aristotle idea of the polis into his theory of language. Given this interpretation, both philosophers share similar ideas and the differences between them are due to Wittgenstein's development of the theory of language. I also attempt to show how both philosophers try to express the public aspect of aesthetic experience. Finally, I show how although Aristotle and Wittgenstein have different theories of meaning, for both philosophers, contexts are important for understanding aesthetic experience.