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Re: Beauty

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:23:32 -0800 (PST)


A theme that has been coming up in discussions of the "Beauty" walk in
Philosophers' Forum is what we might call "the dark side of beauty." Much
as we admire beauty in nature and in artworks, and much as we want to
cultivate an awareness and appreciation of this beauty, we have to
acknowledge that fixation on beauty in personal apppearance can have a
highly detrimental effect on people (of all ages). I wonder whether there
is any transferance between the fondness for beauty that we try to
cultivate in our young people and the obsession with physical appearance
they seem so often and so sadly to demonstrate. Do you suppose that a
more penetrating discussion of what true beauty is (or what beauty really
tells us about its objects) would be helpful in forestalling this
tendency? (I'm pondering this question from the point of view of a person
who is both a professional aesthetician and the father of a teen-age
girl!)
Ron Moore