Beauty: A Promise of Enduring Art

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The dominant conception of art in the last century infamously denied the traditional link between art and beauty. While elevating and placing the former at the center of attention, it has rejected the significance of the latter. In contrast to this trend, Lorand argues that beauty is an essential feature of art, and the value of an artwork amounts to the degree of its beauty. This understanding of artistic value supports the claim that the creation of art works will continue as long as there are reflective human beings who seek beauty. The chapter gives a brief analysis of beauty and attempt to substantiate its vitality for understanding the purpose of artistic activity. Beauty, Lorand argues, answers the need for a special kind of order that is not satisfied by science and logic. It expresses individuality and is not based on known rules or laws; it defines its unique form and therefore it is highly informative. Due to their individuality, aesthetic orders do not compete with each other. The fact that high degree of beauty was achieved in the past does not put an end to the human quest for new beauties in new materials and new forms of art.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
ISSN (Print)2211-1107
ISSN (Electronic)2211-1115

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


  • Aesthetic order
  • Aristotle
  • Basic needs
  • Beauty
  • Danto
  • Disinterested interest
  • End of art
  • Goodman
  • Kant
  • Plato

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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