- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019955952X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199559527
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beauty Hardcover – 26 Mar 2009
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As always with Scruton, his prose is exquisite and wonderfully clear, which fact together with the illustrations make his book a thing of beauty itself. (A. C. Grayling, The Art Newspaper)
Careful and absorbing. (A. C. Grayling, The Art Newspaper)
This is a fascinating and thought-provoking little book. (A. C. Grayling, The Art Newspaper)
Roger Scruton has moments of great insight and clarity in this attractively slim volume. (Sebastian Smee, The Observer)
A fascinating book, which I heartily recommend. (Bryan Wilson, Readers Digest)
Short, fast paced, and wide ranging. (Michael Tanner, Literary Review)
About the Author
Roger Scruton is research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences based in Arlington, Virginia. His previous academic affiliations have been Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, and subsequently Professor of Philosophy and University Professor at Boston University. His most recent books are On Hunting (1998), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture (1998), Spinoza (1998), and England: an Elegy (2000).
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What was once thought to be an ephemeral phase of teenage rebellion against tradition by raising the likes of Duchamp et al to the altar of living gods has now gone beyond a joke and it clearly amounts to a disaster when even the cultural cognoscenti, who were once steadfast in their opposition to this trend as guardians of tradition, can not see the social and artistic benefits of beauty. Of beauty itself Scruton writes clearly and unflinchingly.
`To speak of beauty is to enter another and more exalted realm--a realm sufficiently apart from our everyday concerns as to be mentioned only with a certain hesitation.'
In his short and concise book Scruton lays out the philosophical progression of aesthetics, its meaning to us as a society as well as artistic responses to human behaviour, religion and nature, explaining too the emotional catharsis one feels when experiencing beauty.Read more ›
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Have not finished the book. Many of the scenarios are deceptively simple.Published 6 months ago by marcus richards
To me, worthwhile to read; Scruton helps to think about beauty and It cleans too a lot of "supposed to be art" and "Celebrated Desecrations" of beauty.Published 14 months ago by Fernando Villanueva
A great pleasure to read. Scruton is, as always, fine and accurate in his thoughts.Published 16 months ago by Simabouk
This is not a review of the content but a comment on the edition produced by Oxford University Press. Read morePublished on 14 July 2014 by John Houghton
In the main, an artistically and intellectually sophisticated account of beauty that requires a good acquaintance with high art - especially music -to fully appreciate!Published on 9 Dec. 2013 by artlover777
Broad and complex subjects may be approached in many ways. The subject of Roger Scruton's "very short introduction", "Beauty" (2009), for example, might have been written as an... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by Robin Friedman
The sense of beauty is one of the most fundamental human universals. No one is immune to aesthetic appeals, and it seems that the appreciation of the beauty is an exclusive human... Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz