- Hardcover: 223 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019955952X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199559527
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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1. Judging beauty
2. Human beauty
3. Natural beauty
4. Everyday beauty
5. Artistic beauty
6. Taste and order
7. Art and eros
8. The flight from beauty
9. Concluding thoughts
As you can see, Scruton covers the topic from all sides. In addition, there are a number of pictures of art works and architectural works to illustrate his points. The only thing different I would have liked to seen is color pictures, but I understand that Oxford University Press is trying to keep these little "A Very Short Introduction" books inexpensive, and for that I am glad. I have a large number of them and I will continue to purchase them as I can. Highly recommended.
I think this little essay is a strong assertion for a reconnection to the great traditions of art, not as something of the past...not as something to build a wall against...but as a living vibrant tradition, to which all can aspire, in our own era.