Physiognomy - April Stamm April 28, 2008 Journal...

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April Stamm April 28, 2008 Journal – Physiognomy Physiognomy is a theory/science based on the idea that there is a correlation between a person’s physical appearance and their personality traits. From what I understand in looking up the meaning it is different from the Greek and Roman idea because it does not reference a correlation between beauty and goodness, instead it is more of a trait to trait correlation. Montaigne makes a clear and interesting point on this correlation when he quotes Cicero, “It matters greatly to the soul in what sort of body it is placed; for there are many conditions of body that sharpen the mind and many that blunt it.” This idea, as Montaigne elaborates upon it, has two categories with a negative effect. The first has the least effect and is caused by superficial ugliness. The second is more detrimental and is caused by deformities. Further into this we see him draw ties between goodness and beauty as seen by the Greeks and Romans only to point out that beauty and ugliness do not actually factor into the judgment of others. “Those
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course GN_HON 2112 taught by Professor Dawson during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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