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Roger Scruton on Beauty

“Why Beauty is not a Luxury but a Necessity for a Life Worth Living”

The core questions addressed by Roger are What is beauty, why is it important? How does art relate to beauty, and how do both relate to life? Roger thinks something quite normal must be at stake in our quests for beauty, something which, also, is inherently valuable. I agree, but what is this quite normal thing, experience or event that grounds our more cultivated quests for beauty? Here we seem to have slightly differing views. (…)
“Roger Scruton on ‘Why Beauty is not a Luxury but a Necessity for a Life Worth Living'”, A seminar with Roger Scruton, Soeterbeeck Instituut, Ravenstein, June 12, 2009
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