Socrates & Beauty. By Kelly and Amy. T he view of beauty. The earliest Western theory of beauty can be found in the works of early Greek philosophers from the pre-Socratic period, they have a strong connection between mathematics and beauty.
By Kelly and Amy
Socrates was a classical Greek Athenian philosopher. He is as one of the founders of Western philosophy and an enigmatic(难以理解的,神秘的) figure known chiefly through the accounts of later classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato, and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes.
These definitions come from Hippias Major(is one of the dialogues of Plato)
beauty is that which is appropriate
The second hypothesis istempting:
even a ridiculous man, dressed in nice
clothing, will appear more beautiful.
But inside he would stillbe
ridiculous; thus appropriate and
beautiful are not the same.
Does the appropriateness
Make things beautiful?
Does it simply make them
Appear to be beautiful?
Fourth definition: beauty is the pleasure that comes from seeing and hearing
Direct experience, Socrates claims, is unreliable. It reveals a complex of contradicting qualities that cohabit in the same object: any beautiful object is at the same time not beautiful when compared with a higher beauty.
Plato portrays such absolute beauty in the Phaedo,where Socrates sees its heavenly form. Socrates rejects further the idea that beauty is that which functions properly: an object may function well, but if its purpose is evil, the object is not beautiful.
SOCRATES: Is all that is beautiful good, or is all that is good beautiful?
Socratic dialogue investigating the meaning of beauty