Why Beauty Matters

z1235
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November 25th, 2017, 9:06 am #1

Excellent, thought-provoking critique of modern "art" and architecture underpinning a nihilist, utilitarian (high-time preference, short-sighted) society...

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Joined: December 12th, 2012, 11:32 pm

November 25th, 2017, 12:51 pm #2

Watching. Beauty, truth and goodness are of a piece. Sadly, goodness is long gone and truth is a joke. Beauty cannot survive on its own.

Beauty is objective and this should call into question the modern axiom that goodness is subjective.

There is a flip-side of beauty, a tyranny of beauty. There is also a tyranny of truth that erodes civility (caustic honesty) and a tyranny of goodness that erodes genuineness (false piety). This shows that - while beauty, truth and goodness are values - they cannot be ultimate values, that is, they are not a sufficient guide to ultimate value.
Matthew 5:26
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Joined: December 12th, 2012, 11:32 pm

November 25th, 2017, 1:50 pm #3

Scruton's closing remark on the connection between beauty and religion opens a deep subject. I recently watched Alien: Covenant and it treads on some deep philosophical waters, especially for a blockbuster movie. In one scene, David (an AI humanoid of godlike superiority to human intelligence, introduced in Prometheus) looks on as the alien-virus-infected captain of the ship Covenant - who had made an opportunistic landing on the planet where David happened to be - writhes in agony on the ground. Just before the alien rips out of him, the captain asks David: "What do you believe in?" David responds in one word: "Creation."




Creativity and beauty are of a piece and seem like candidates for ultimate value. In the movie, David really has followed creation out to its logical end, an end which happens to entail destruction, suffering and ugliness for the crew and members of the Covenant.
Matthew 5:26
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