A E S T H E T I C S
WHY BEAUTY MATTERS
“In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher
Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object
- either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgements of beauty
when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgement to be made about beauty?
Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in last year's Turner Prize winner?
Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.” —BBC
“Beauty is the remedy for the chaos and suffering in human life...The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy...Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling.
It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference.” —Dr. Roger Scruton