Book Read! Beauty
First sentence: “We discern beauty in concrete objects and abstract ideas, in works of nature and works of art, in things, animals and people, in objects, qualities and actions.”
p. 99: “Good taste is as important in aesthetics as it is in humour, and indeed taste is what is it all about.”
Last sentence: “It may express their pleasure and their taste: but it is pleasure in what they value and taste for their true ideals.
As always I enjoyed reading a book by Scruton, because he writes clear and structured, but this doesn’t mean I agree with all his ideas. He is a bit too conservative for me.
This book however gives a nice analysis of the notion ‘beauty’ that is widely used by everybody but not always in the same sense.
Roger Scruton on Beauty!