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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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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 judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgment 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 in an Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can? 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.

About the Author

Roger Scruton is Research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Judging beauty

2. Human beauty

3. Natural beauty

4. Everyday beauty

5. Artistic beauty

6. Taste and order

7. Art and Eros

8. The flight from beauty

9. Concluding thoughts

Notes and Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199229758
Author:
Scruton, Roger
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Roger
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Philosophy-Aesthetics
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photographs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.8 x 0.6 in 0.369 lb

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