Book Read! Beauty

Roger Scruton, Beauty, 2009.

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!


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