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Re: Beauty

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 16:49:08 -0800 (PST)

Several folks have been wondering over the net about the relation between
beauty and competition, violence, sports, combat, and so on. I think
these questions are really fascinating. It has always seemed to me that
there are certain extreme forms of bad violence (e.g. murder, rape,
hateful harming) that just can't be beautiful. And I guess I think they
can't be because their natures are so much at odds with the positive force
appreciated in beauty-judgments. But, at the same time, I certainly think
that various actions in sport, warfare, and competitive activities in
general CAN be beautiful. Maybe it's important to separate the question
of whether a given activity is itself beautiful--because it is elegantly
peformed, is graceful, and so on--from the question of whether the moral
quality embodied in the action is beautifu--because it is morally
commendable to a high degree. Here again, we seem to be finding that the
issues of aesthetics and those of morality are not at all easy to
Ron Moore