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Late Summer Lectures: Beauty, the Most Moral of All Values

11th September 2012, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, Durham, James Woodward (Department of Philosophy)

The Late Summer Lectures (LSLS) is a series organised in Durham and Newcastle to foster interest in the Arts and Humanities. For more information on the LSLS, please visit our Facebook Page:

The same lecture will also be presented at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle, the following day.

In 2011 the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan caused worldwide concern. This has led to questions being raised in Japan as to whether we have lost our way with technology and become discordant with nature. Somewhat earlier, in the early 20th century, Martin Heidegger suggested that the battle between myth and reason (mythos and logos) had been won by the rational and that the benefits of understanding our lives through myth would be lost.

Humanity has lost its love of beauty and that this has had a moral impact upon our lives. Beauty is far from being in the eye of the beholder. I will suggest that it is important that we consider reevaluating the notion of beauty by way of aesthetic education as advocated by Friederich Schiller. By doing so we may create a sound moral basis and indeed, hope for the future of humanity.

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