Beauty

[Revised entry by Crispin Sartwell on October 5, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nature of beauty is one of the most enduring and controversial themes in Western philosophy, and is
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[Revised entry by Crispin Sartwell on October 5, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nature of beauty is one of the most enduring and controversial themes in Western philosophy, and is - with the nature of art - one of the two fundamental issues in philosophical aesthetics. Beauty has traditionally been counted among the ultimate values, with goodness, truth, and justice. It is a primary theme among ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and medieval philosophers, and was central to eighteenth and nineteenth-century thought, as represented in treatments by such thinkers as Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, Burke,...

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