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This course will consider two themes related to the idea of beauty as a (human) value. First, the question of how beauty can be a value, either related to or independent of goodness, and second, how this value fits into a human life. On one view, beauty matters precisely because it is deeply connected to other aspects of human life, particularly to goodness and love. A very different way of thinking about beauty says that to experience beauty we must be completely detached from or disinterested in the beautiful object – its goodness, its context, even its very existence. This could be read as a claim that beauty is unconnected from other human concerns. Neither view is immune to concerns about beauty as dangerous, misleading, or superficial.

Instructor: Hannah McKeown

To RSVP, please contact Zack Loveless: zloveless@hydeparkinstitute.org.