From the Nov/Dec, 2017 issue of Touchstone
literature culture Can Beauty Save the World? by Vigen Guroian

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Can Beauty Save the World?

Neither Dostoevsky nor Prince Myshkin Makes the Case by Vigen Guroian

Twenty years ago, in a small but important book titled On Beauty, Elaine Scarry arraigned what she called the "banishing" of the study of beauty in her own field of English and among the humanities in general. According to her, the complaint against beauty was that study of it, somehow or other, detracts from attention to real suffering in this world and thus also hampers the pursuit of social justice. What is more, even the "look" or the "stare" at a person or thing f . . .


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