Chapter

The Foul and the Fair

Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756940
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.003.0008
The Foul and the Fair

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As observed in Chapter 2, in most traditional philosophical theory disgust was uniquely excluded from the emotions that could be rendered in beautiful art. The preceding discussion has pointed out the many ways that disgust is employed with positive aesthetic valence. This final chapter asks whether the disgusting ever reaches that pinnacle of aesthetic value that may be termed “beautiful.” This chapter begins with an analysis of the concept of beauty and with Bernard Bosanquet’s distinction between easy and difficult beauty. The chapter considers increasingly difficult examples of art, concluding that in rare cases, disgust undergoes an aesthetic transfiguration that reaches the precincts of the beautiful.

Keywords: beauty; formal beauty; terrible beauty; Sublimity

Chapter.  9614 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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