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Essay 1 - Meredith Martinuzzi September 16, 2010 ARLT 100...

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Meredith Martinuzzi September 16, 2010 ARLT 100 Madness Beauty, it is often said, “is in the eye of the beholder”. The writings of Plato tell us, however, that the philosopher believed beauty was not in the eye of the beholder, but rather in the soul of the believer. What is beauty? It is most often described in association with some physical attribute that is aesthetically pleasing. An object, or being, that is symmetrical, colorful or intricate in its design is often presented as “beautiful” or “an example of beauty”. The beauty that Plato discusses in his writings is quite different in nature from this common depiction. He views beauty as a “colorless, formless, intangible essence, visible only to mind, the pilot of the soul” (Plato: 58). His concept of ideal beauty goes beyond the physical components that are most often deemed to be “beautiful”. This beauty cannot be perceived through the senses, but rather the knowledge of this beauty is stored in the soul. Therefore those who can truly perceive beauty on Earth, or at least its dimly lit manifestations, can often be seen as mad; they are not seeing the reality in front of
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