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Is Beauty Still Relevant? Is Art? Is Architecture?

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Although notions of the good and the beautiful might seem impossible to discuss in our non-foundational age, the continuing relevance of beauty can sit comfortably alongside postfoundationalist, post-metaphysical, and more generally post-modernist thought, no matter how much a tendency for slipping back into a structuralist mind-set may be evidenced. The relevance of beauty and the good are in fact paradoxically intensified when thought beyond metaphysics, not least when the practical or pragmatic value of both categories is considered. The work the beautiful and the good can accomplish in our attempts to reimagine professions and their products remains vital. For example, all efforts to wrench architects and architecture out of their moribund state might well depend on an understanding of both categories for any chance at success.

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Author(s): Coleman N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ArchitecturePhilosophy

Year: 2014

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 81-95

Print publication date: 01/07/2014

Online publication date: 01/07/2014

Acceptance date: 23/03/2014

Publisher: International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture