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Published: 08 April 2011

208 Pages | 20 b/w photographs

4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199229758

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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

Roger Scruton

Very Short Introductions

  • Examines the answers to key questions in aesthetics, such as: What is beauty? Why do we value it? Is beauty good?
  • Asks whether beauty is vanishing from our world
  • This is a strongly-argued counter to the notion that judgements of beauty are purely subjective and relative, and that we can learn little from art criticism and study
  • Looks at beauty in the visual arts, in music, architecture, nature, and literature
  • Argues that our experience of beauty is rationally founded, and that beauty is a real and universal value. Scruton shows how our sense of beauty has an indispensable part to play in the way we shape our world