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Is beauty hardwired into our world?

Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Yet from animal plumage to the grandeur of nature, beauty also seems curiously hardwired into reality. Is beauty merely a grand name for our daily preferences and desires? Or might beauty be an objective quality that is found in reality and both necessary and central to life?

In this new talk from the Institute of Art and Ideas, author of Aesthetics and Subjectivity: from Kant to Nietzche Andrew Bowie, philosopher Joanna Burch-Brown and Young British Artist Gavin Turk look for beauty in the world.

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission.  It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.

 

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