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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

Roger Scruton

March 2011

ISBN: 9780199229758

208 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking 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 around us.

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From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking 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 around us.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Roger Scruton, Research Professor, Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Arlington, Virginia

Roger Scruton was research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences based in Arlington, Virginia. His previous academic affiliations have been Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, and subsequently Professor of Philosophy and University Professor at Boston University. His published works range from academic philosophy, specialising in aesthetics, to fiction, and political and cultural commentary. They includeOn Hunting (1998), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture (1998), Spinoza (1998), Perictione in Colophon (2000), and England: an Elegy (2000).

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

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