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New Theory of Beauty (Hardcover) (Guy Sircello)

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Ever since the eighteenth century, when Kant opened the floodgates of subjectivism in aesthetics, common men and philosophers alike have despaired of finding a basis for judgments about beauty. This book provides a comprehensive theory that encompasses beauty in art and nature, as well as intellectual, utilitarian, and moral beauty.

The author argues that the beauty of objects can be reduced to the beauty of properties of those objects, which in turn can be understood in terms of "properties of qualitative degree." The theory, developed first with respect to color, is then extended to include all sensory and non-sensory qualities. The author shows how the theory explicates and resolves disagreements about what is beautiful and discusses its relevance to the traditional notions of harmony and sublimity. His is an objectivist theory of beauty, and it enables him, in conclusion, to demonstrate why we enjoy perceiving beauty.

Originally published in 1975.

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Number of Pages: 141.0
Genre: Philosophy
Language: English
Series Title: Princeton Legacy Library: Princeton Essays on the Arts, Volume 1
Book format: Hardcover
Pricing Code - MMBV: N
Author: Guy Sircello
Publisher - MMBV: Princeton Univ Pr
Street Date: April 19, 2016
TCIN: 51750660
UPC: 9780691644783
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-3322

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