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It may be useful to explore with your students the difference that
is frequently marked as the contrast between innner and outward beauty, a
distinction that comes close to merging moral and aesthetic categories.
For instance, we often hear folks describe certain moral paragons, e.g.
Desmond Tutu, as "beautiful people" when they aren't paying any attention
to their physical appearance. What is the beauty they are ascribing to
people in such cases?
Another issue---one that we realize might be much harder to raise in some
classes---is the question of what we might call "beauty and biology." Does
evolution favor certain traits or characteristics because they have
survival value and thus become considered attractive? Some books on this
Alexander Alland, The Artistic Animal and Ellen Dissanyake, Homo
Finally, a recent message (not specifically on the Beauty topic) address
art and aesthetics and raises a question about borrowing. (See the
discussion of the topiary garden.) Ron and Marcia will in a future walk
talk about this and related problems, e.g. fakes and forgeries.
Ron and Marcia