ars libertatis

* 27 February 1944

there are beautiful propositions as well as beautiful worlds, beautiful proofs as well as beautiful snails, even beautiful diseases and beautiful deaths

Beauty (2009), Chapter 1: Judging Beauty

If she had wanted it for its beauty then there is no point at which her desire could be satisfied, nor is there any action, process or whatever, following which the desire is over and done with. […] Here is a want without a goal: a desire that cannot be fulfilled since there is nothing that would count as its fulfilment.

Beauty (2009), Chapter 1: Judging Beauty

In certain circumstances you may be released from your desire for one person by making love to another. But this does not mean that the second person has satisfied the very desire that focused on the first.

Beauty (2009), Chapter 2: Human Beauty

In art as in life fittingness is at the heart of aesthetic success. We want things to fit together, in ways that fit to us. This does not mean that dissonance and conflict have no part in the artistic enterprise: of course they do. But dissonance and conflict may also be fitting

Beauty (2009), Chapter 4: Everyday Beauty

Works of art are forbidden to moralize, only because moralizing destroys their true moral value, which lies in the ability to open our eyes to others, and to discipline our sympathies towards life as it is.

Beauty (2009), Chapter 4: Everyday Beauty

beauty makes a claim on us: it is a call to renounce our narcissism and look with reverence on the world.

Beauty (2009), Chapter 8: The flight from Beauty

Our need for beauty is not something that we could lack and still be fulfilled as people.

Beauty (2009), Chapter 8: The flight from Beauty