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Lesson Plans


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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 09:48:33 -0500

There are several new and interesting comments on this topic. One, Susan,
suggests that beauty is "knowledge of harmony...." As I'm sure she
suspects, if she were walking with Ron and me, one of us would surely ask
her to explain what she means by harmony! This is the nature of
philosophical discourse---new problems are raised at every turn. But of
course this is what keeps us in business---and keeps us interested. Carla
says that she thinks that in our culture violence is not considered
beautiful. But aren't there people who describe boxing as beautiful. I
personally don't find anything beautiful in this sport, but I think I know
what they mean. Which raises another issue: how can I understand why
someone would say something is beautiful that I find disgusting? As for
the comments on public works: the fora in Rome certainly were public
works---but much (most?) of the labor was done by slaves (many of them
brought from other parts of the Roman Empire), not by volunteers. Perhaps
even Trajan could not have afforded to build his memorial if he had had to
pay the workers a living wage. Is that why we have so few public projects
now? Marcia

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