The beauty mystique: Ethics and aesthetics in the bond genre

  title={The beauty mystique: Ethics and aesthetics in the bond genre},
  author={Anthony Synnott},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society},
  • A. Synnott
  • Published 1 March 1990
  • Art, Philosophy
  • International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Physical beauty is widely identified in the Graeco-Roman Western tradition as a symbol of moral beauty and goodness. Ever since Plato, the good and the beautiful have been a unified conception. The phrase "She's a beautiful person" merges ethics and aesthetics to neatly identify both the moral and physical dimensions of beauty. Similarly such descriptions as "divinely beautiful," looking "angelic," and especially "looking good" all equate beauty and goodness. Beauty and goodness (or virtue) are… 

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