Beauty and the Good

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Beauty and the Good

Beauty and the Good

In the past twenty years or more, there has been a growing interest among philosophers and theologians alike in the transcendentals and especially in the beautiful. This seems fortuitous since so much of contemporary culture is fixated in many ways on beauty, on what might be called a superficial or man-made beauty, intent on outward appearance, with little or no concern for the human person’s interiority and distinctive nature. The Ancients and the Medievals, on the contrary, were sensitive not only to the beauty of nature and art but also to beauty as intelligible, that is, to the beauty of moral harmony and of metaphysical splendor. While the question of whether the beautiful is in fact a transcendental aspect of being continues to be a subject of dispute in contemporary scholarship, the relationship between the beautiful and the good has been accepted since ancient times and has been attended to in recent publications. None of these publications, however, offers a systematic treatment of this relationship by drawing from the wisdom of both ancient and medieval thought in such a way as to bring together the work of scholars in this tradition. Beauty and the Good intends therefore to make a singular contribution by presenting a richer alternative to the contemporary cult of beauty and appearance on the one hand, and to the concomitant decline of real beauty on the other hand. In addition to highlighting the centrality of beauty in the Aristotelian account of moral virtue, where virtue is kalon and virtuous actions are done for the sake of kalon—an account which is found echoed in the medieval notion of intrinsic goodness (bonum honestum), understood as intelligible or spiritual beauty—this volume will provide the metaphysical and theological grounding for beauty, as influenced in part by Plato and Neoplatonism, together with a much needed account of how we know and judge beauty, and how for the recognition of true good and real beauty we need to be properly disposed. The integration of philosophical and theological reflection on the nature and relationship of beauty and the good, on our perception and judgment of beauty and of the good as beautiful, and on the motivational role of beauty in human action has as its goal to produce a coherent volume of essays.

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Beauty and the Good
Language: en
Pages: 429
Authors: Alice M. Ramos
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-30 - Publisher: Catholic University of America Press

In the past twenty years or more, there has been a growing interest among philosophers and theologians alike in the transcendentals and especially in the beautiful. This seems fortuitous since so much of contemporary culture is fixated in many ways on beauty, on what might be called a superficial or
Plato and the Question of Beauty
Language: en
Pages: 150
Authors: Drew A. Hyland
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Indiana University Press

Reveals the intimate connection between beauty and the philosophical life
Metaphysics and the Good
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Samuel Newlands, Larry M. Jorgensen
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-01-08 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Robert Merrihew Adams's wide-ranging work, systematically tied together by his theism, neo-Platonism, moral realism, and idealism, has deeply shaped the structure of debates in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, history, and ethics. This volume celebrates and explores his systematic, cross-specialty contributions through a series of new essays by leading scholars in
Beauty and Holiness
Language: en
Pages: 234
Authors: James Alfred Martin
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-07-14 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

In this broad historical and critical overview based on a lifetime of scholarship, James Alfred Martin, Jr., examines the development of the concepts of beauty and holiness as employed in theories of aesthetics and of religion. The injunction in the Book of Psalms to "worship the Lord in the beauty
A Geographical Guide to the Real and the Good
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Robert David Sack
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Psychology Press

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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