"Beauty"-Townsend Center Research Seminar 298

Beauty: a topic both ubiquitous and perplexing. This Townsend Center Collaborative Research Seminar approaches beauty from multiple disciplines and through a wide variety of materials: literature the visual and performative arts aesthetic theory philosophy and religion. Our aim is to investigate the value and function that has been assigned to beauty in different humanist contexts to explore possible bases of commonality and influence and to consider whether beauty has or should be a key critical term for contemporary scholarship.