عنوان مقاله [English]
After Augustine, Thomas Aquinas is one of the two leading figures in the middle ages and, as the most influential philosopher in the new period of the church, has systematic works from which valuable philosophical propositions about art and aesthetics can be extracted. Hence, the present paper hypothesizes that there is a justified distinction between pleasures resulted from perceiving beauty and pleasures resulted from corporal appetites on the basis of Thomas’s statements, and uses a descriptive- analytical method to examine the elements of the hypothesis under minor issues. In the first two chapters, the nature of aesthetic pleasure has been explained, relying on other related influential philosophical components which include the review of the process of the perception of beauty based on Aquinas's theory of cognition, the quality of the movement of "appetite" in perceiving goodness, different stages of this movement and its distinction with pleasures resulted from the perception of beauty. In the two final chapters, the distinction between aesthetic pleasure and corporal pleasure is explained, with emphasis on previous preliminaries.