On the nature of Beauty

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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby alan » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:48 am

Beauty awakens the mind, and develops it. Certainly no one would argue against a mind open to the subtle joys of life? In my opinion, anything that inclines the mind to thoughtful contemplation is a good, and should be celebrated.
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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby alan... » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:43 am

i would say it's more of a psychological question than a philosophical one.
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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:15 am

alan wrote:Beauty awakens the mind, and develops it. Certainly no one would argue against a mind open to the subtle joys of life? In my opinion, anything that inclines the mind to thoughtful contemplation is a good, and should be celebrated.
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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby alan » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:03 am

Guess I'm not a puritan, because I think there is value in contemplating beauty. Even more so in creating it.
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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:30 am

alan wrote:Guess I'm not a puritan, because I think there is value in contemplating beauty. Even more so in creating it.
You won't get an argument out of me on that.
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People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby Jeffrey » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:37 pm

Hello, gentlemen, and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2013. Just got caught up with everything that remained undone after a year-end vacation and would like to thank you for all your comments. Unfortunately, I don't have the background to follow some of the points being made here and I remain as confused as when I first started this thread several weeks ago. How is it, if beauty is part of the object, that two people can see the same object as both beautiful and ugly? This is true within cultures, and perhaps even more so across them, suggesting many (but perhaps not all) aesthetic properties are socially constructed.

My apologies in advance for my thick-headedness.
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Re: On the nature of Beauty

Postby gendun » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:40 pm

According to Aquinas beauty lies in perception.
Specifically " That which, the perception of, pleases "

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