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On Aristotle's Concept of Improvisation

Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology. 2015. Vol. 2. No. 1. P. 113-121.

Aristotle writes: 'Since to imitate is natural for us, as well as harmony and rhythm (for it is manifest that meters are proper parts of rhythms), from the beginning those most naturally inclined toward them, advancing little by little, generated ποίησιν out of improvisations'. But what is improvisation? It is neither just free play, nor doing what one wants--it is self-schematization, which has implications for all kinds of speaking and acting, thinking and being.