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A Certain Gaiety of Heart

John Kekes

in Enjoyment

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.003.0012
 A Certain Gaiety of Heart

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Cellini was a great Renaissance artist. His autobiography shows a man with an exuberant style of life, whose attitude is pride, his manner virtu, and its project is the satisfaction of Cellini's appetite for life. The life was full of machismo, competition, quarrel, irresponsibility, conflict, struggle, enjoyment, misery, and dedication to art. It is the complex life of an amoral man, lived to the hilt. Reflection on it reveals the attractions and pitfalls of living with verve and being guided by one's appetites.

Keywords: Cellini; exuberance; pride; virtu; appetite; machismo; amorality

Chapter.  7915 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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