Ideas from 'Beauty: a very short introduction' by Roger Scruton [2011], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Beauty: A Very Short Introduction' by Scruton,Roger [OUP 2011,978-0-19-922975-8]].

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 7. Status of Reason
Do aesthetic reasons count as reasons, if they are rejectable without contradiction?
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 2. Defining Truth
Defining truth presupposes that there can be a true definition
21. Aesthetics / B. Aesthetic Experience / 1. Beauty
Maybe 'beauty' is too loaded, and we should talk of fittingness or harmony
Natural beauty reassures us that the world is where we belong
Beauty shows us what we should want in order to achieve human fulfilment
Beauty is rationally founded, inviting meaning, comparison and self-reflection
21. Aesthetics / B. Aesthetic Experience / 3. Aesthetic Attitude
The pleasure taken in beauty also aims at understanding and valuing
Art gives us imaginary worlds which we can view impartially
21. Aesthetics / E. Art Theories / 6. Art as Expression
Croce says art makes inarticulate intuitions conscious; rival views say the audience is the main concern
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 1. Value / e. Ultimate value
Beauty (unlike truth and goodness) is questionable as an ultimate value
24. Applied Ethics / B. Moral Rights / 2. Sexual Morality
Prostitution is wrong because it hardens the soul, since soul and body are one