Single Idea 18545

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude]

Full Idea

Shaftesbury explained the peculiar features of the judgement of beauty in terms of the disinterested attitude of the judge.

Gist of Idea

The disinterested attitude of the judge is the hallmark of a judgement of beauty


report of 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Characteristics [1711]) by Roger Scruton - Beauty: a very short introduction 1

Book Reference

Scruton,Roger: 'Beauty: A Very Short Introduction' [OUP 2011], p.22

A Reaction

Good. I take our vocabulary to mark a distinction between expressions of subjective preference, and expressions of what aspire to be objective facts. 'I love this' versus 'this is good or beautiful'.