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Lesson Plans


beauty

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 13:09:29 -0500


I am now back in the Netherlands (where I am spending a sabbatical year)
and am delighted that so many of you are discussing beauty with us.
I agree that knowledge seems to enrich our aesthetic experiences, at least
that has been my experience. But sometimes I'm accussed of reacting with
sentimentality rather than aesthetic appreciation. How can we be sure that
our students who study what they initially found ugly and then come to
consider them beautiful are not simply being sentimental? I think that we
have to listen to what they say about the works. Do they point to
properties in the work that they did not see at all initially? If so, I
think this is evidence that they really are responding aesthetically. What
other clues are there? Marcia