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Beauty
Beauty

On the face of it, beauty is a simple and enormously important idea. Neither its simplicity nor its importance should be obscured for a moment. For people readily say that someone or something – a baby, a view, a creature, a line of poetry, a melody, an action – is beautiful, and say so without affectation, but as naming something obvious and delightful.

So when aestheticians and educationists make, as they sometimes do, weary weather of the concept of beauty, we need to keep in mind the simple and accurate use of the word in everyday conversation. No doubt people also say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, and there are indeed endless and absorbing arguments about whether something is beautiful or ...

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