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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1077

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 17:50:03 -0800 (PST)

L. Meulder (any relation to Marcia Meulder Eaton, perchance?) has written
to point out the challenge of exploring beauty in different cultural
settings. (And to give us a nice tip about a sourcebook.) This raises a
fundamental topic of great classroom potential. We might want to ask
students whether there is just one idea of beauty that is used to identify
different kinds of objects as beautiful in different cultures, or
different kinds of beauty, each with its own objects. This question is of
course connected to the perennial puzzle about the possibility of
inter-cultural appreciation. To what extent is it possbile for us to
"get" the beauty-appraisals of ancient Romans (in Trajan's forum, say), or
of modern-day Balinese, Sami, or Hutu? What is required to make it
possible to do so? How far can one's intercultural aesthetic reach? With
the rich diversity of students in today's American classrooms, this topic
ought to be one that will excite lively and rewarding conversation.
Ron Moore