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Beauty

ISBN-10: 0199229759
ISBN-13: 9780199229758
Edition: 2011
Authors: Roger Scruton
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Description: Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgements of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgement to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than inlast year's Turner Prize winner? Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

Preface
Judging beauty
Human beauty
Natural beauty
Everyday beauty
Artistic beauty
Taste and order
Art and Eros
The flight from beauty
Concluding thoughts
Notes and Further Reading

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