Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Leithart on Beauty's Authority

"Beauty makes demands. If I hear the central movement of Beethoven's Appassionata or any of a dozen other pieces of music, I can't do anything else. I've got to listen. Try not breathing deeply when you catch a whiff of hyacinth. Try not looking at a beautiful landscape, a beautiful building, a beautiful woman. It's possible not to look, but it takes an act of resistance, a rebellion.

David Bentley Hart appeals to this to establish the objectivity of beauty: If beauty were purely subjective, could it command attention, could it fascinate, could it surprise?"

-Peter Leithart

I love Leithart's blog.


Blogger noneuclidean said...

Me too.

10/03/2006 9:40 AM  

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