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Single Idea 23922

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 4. Beauty]

Full Idea

The word 'beauty' connotes objects of quite distinguishable emotions, and the term would land me in confusions and misunderstandings.

Gist of Idea

The word 'beauty' leads to confusion, because it denotes distinct emotions


Clive Bell (Art [1913], I.I)

Book Reference

Bell,Clive: 'Art' [nk 2010], p.6

A Reaction

His main example is a comparison of beautiful women with beautiful art. Personally I don't think the word aspires to be precise, so there is no problem. Maths has beautiful solutions, golf has beautiful shots, cooking has beautiful results. Wow!