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Re: Beauty

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 15:57:02 -0800 (PST)

Debi B-H raises a very nice point about the variety of ways the word
"beauty" is deployed. She's certainly right that we are comfortable using
the word to mark a lot of different kinds of approval. I'm particularly
interested in the distinction she brings out at the end of her e-message,
the distinction between what might be called deep beauty and superficial
beauty. It does seem that we are often able to find beauty beneath the
plain or unpleasant surface appearances, a beauty that rewards our patient
attention and reveals important truths about its possessor. There is no
doubt in my mind that we naturally think of this kind of revelation as not
only deep but important-in-relation-to-our-own-lives. Immanuel Kant
thought that judgments of beauty always involved a complex interaction
between the cognitive, thinking faculties and the imaginative, picturing
faculties, and that as these two interacted, they stimulated and
reinforced eachother, so that, in the course of the process we find
ourselves reflectively improved, and more aware of ourselves in relation
to the subjects of our experience. Maybe his way of looking at it was a
bit over-drawn and dogmatic, but it certainly seems to be true that
becoming aware of what Debi calls "deep beauty" has a deepening effect on
our sense of ourselves and our awareness of our relations to the rest of
the world.
Ron Moore

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