On Beauty and Being Just

Author(s): Elaine Scarry


Various political arguments have been put forward against beauty: that it distracts us from more important issues; that it is the handmaiden of privilege; that it masks political interests. In "On Beauty and Being Just" Elaine Scarry challenges such theories, offering not only a passionate defence of beauty from the political arguments against it, but also that beauty does indeed have a positive effect on life. Rather than serving the privileged it presses all of us towards a greater concern for justice.

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"'Thank you to Elaine Scarry for her wonderful essay On Beauty and Being Just, from which I borrowed a title, a chapter heading and a good deal of inspiration' Zadie Smith, On Beauty 'With exemplary clarity, Elaine Scarry argues that admiring the beautiful is nothing to be ashamed of; that on the contrary beauty fosters the spirit of justice. A brave and timely book' J. M. Coetzee"

Elaine Scarry is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics at Harvard University. Her many writings include The Body in Pain (1985) and Dreaming by the Book (1999), and a series of articles on war and the social contract.

General Fields

  • : 9780715636237
  • : duck
  • : duck
  • : July 2006
  • : 174mm X 122mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elaine Scarry
  • : Paperback
  • : good
  • : 134