Abstract

This paper presents the issues addressed in Zadie Smith’s novel On Beauty (2005) through the prism of ethical categories or, more precisely, through the prism of the relationship between beauty, goodness, and truth. The analysis is carried out from the perspective of a laboratory, allowing the author to conduct experiments on the meanings of these concepts and to test their sense in the constantly changing circumstances of the world represented in the novel. The analyses show that the beauty-goodness-truth triad is seldom maintained and that circumstances destabilize and modify its unity by reformulating its elements. Although the article reveals the relative instability of this triad, it argues for its ultimate unity as evidenced by the Belsey marriage.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1936-1645
Print ISSN
0732-7730
Pages
pp. 491-512
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-09
Open Access
No
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