The refuge of the good in the beautiful

Staehler, Tanja (2015) The refuge of the good in the beautiful. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, 20 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1085-1968

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In the Platonic dialogues, the enigmatic concept of the good tends to retreat at those very moments when it is supposed to show itself. This paper examines the relation between the beautiful and the good as the good takes refuge in the beautiful. Hans-Georg Gadamer holds a particular interest in these retreats since they show that there is actually an emphasis on appearances and the human good in Plato. In contrast, Emmanuel Levinas is critical of the primacy of vision and the beautiful from an ethical perspective. The relevant passages in the dialogues will be interpreted with respect to this divergence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Plato Gadamer Heidegger Levinas Good Beautiful Phenomenology
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Tanja Staehler
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 10:44
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 22:45

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