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21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 4. Beauty

[beauty as a quality in minds and objects]

26 ideas
What is fine is always difficult [Plato]
People who value beauty above virtue insult the soul by placing the body above it [Plato]
Beauty is the clearest and most lovely of the Forms [Plato]
If goodness involves moderation and proportion, then it seems to be found in beauty [Plato]
Love of ugliness is impossible [Plato]
Beauty and goodness are the same [Plato]
Beauty is harmony with what is divine, and ugliness is lack of such harmony [Plato]
We choose things for their fineness, their advantage, or for pleasure [Aristotle]
Beauty is merely animal without intelligence [Democritus (attr)]
The beautiful is that from which nothing can be subtracted and to which nothing can be added [Alberti]
Beauty increases with familiarity [Leibniz]
Leibniz identified beauty with intellectual perfection [Leibniz, by Gardner]
Without love, what use is beauty? [Rousseau]
The beautiful is not conceptualised as moral, but it symbolises or resembles goodness [Kant, by Murdoch]
Kant saw beauty as a sort of disinterested pleasure, which has become separate from the good [Kant, by Taylor,C]
Beauty is only judged in pure contemplation, and not with something else at stake [Kant]
The beautiful is a perception of Plato's Forms, which eliminates the will [Schopenhauer]
A principal pleasure of the beautiful is that it momentarily silences the will [Schopenhauer]
Beauty in art is the imitation of happiness [Nietzsche]
'Beauty' can either mean sensuous charm, or the aesthetic approval of art (which may be ugly) [Fry]
The beautiful is whatever it is intrinsically good to admire [Moore,GE]
Beauty is neither objective nor subjective, but a power of producing certain mental events [Ross]
Maybe 'beauty' is too loaded, and we should talk of fittingness or harmony [Scruton]
Beauty shows us what we should want in order to achieve human fulfilment [Scruton]
Beauty is rationally founded, inviting meaning, comparison and self-reflection [Scruton]
The word 'beautiful', when deprived of context, is nearly contentless [Fogelin]