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Single Idea 8117

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / b. Types of good]

Full Idea

For Baumgarten, Beauty is the Perfect (the Absolute), recognised through the senses; Truth is the Perfect perceived through reason; Goodness is the Perfect reached by moral will.

Gist of Idea

Perfection comes through the senses (Beauty), through reason (Truth), and through moral will (Good)


report of Alexander Baumgarten (Aesthetica [1739]) by Leo Tolstoy - What is Art? Ch.3

Book Reference

Tolstoy,Leo: 'What is Art? and Essays on Art', ed/tr. Maude,A [OUP 1975], p.92

A Reaction

At last, after many years of searching, I have found the origin of that great trio of ideals: Beauty, Goodness and Truth. Tolstoy sneers at them, but a person could do a lot worse than spending their lives trying to promote them.

Related Idea

Idea 23760 All we need are the unity of justice, truth and beauty [Weil]