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21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 5. Natural Beauty

[beauty in people, life and landscape]

12 ideas
Socrates despised good looks [Socrates, by Plato]
Non-physical beauty can only be shown clearly by speech [Plato]
Stage two is the realisation that beauty of soul is of more value than beauty of body [Plato]
Progress goes from physical beauty, to moral beauty, to the beauty of knowledge, and reaches absolute beauty [Plato]
Nothing contrary to nature is beautiful [Aristotle]
Pentathletes look the most beautiful, because they combine speed and strength [Aristotle]
The most beautiful hand seen through the microscope will appear horrible [Spinoza]
Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws [Goethe]
Only self-illuminated perfect individuals are beautiful [Novalis]
Natural beauty is unimportant, because it doesn't show human freedom [Hegel, by Pinkard]
Beautiful never stands alone; it derives from man's pleasure in man [Nietzsche]
Natural beauty reassures us that the world is where we belong [Scruton]