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Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste by Alan Lawson

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero on April 28th, 2011

Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste

This lecture offers a brief introduction to the subject of beauty. It begins with the rejection of classical notions of beauty in the early twentieth century and the causes of this. The lecture then jumps back and forth in time in an attempt to show some of the major ethical and epistemological developments and their impacts on ideas of ‘beauty’. The conclusion, is not a definition of beauty but an attempt to frame the correct questions in approaching it.

“The answer to the question ‘What is beauty?’ is approached vicariously through another question: ‘how should we live?”


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