Abstract

abstract:

Shaftesbury is famous for claiming that “Beauty and Good” are “one and the same.” This claim is central to Shaftesbury’s philosophy, and it exerted great influence on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European thought. At the same time, the claim has long been criticized as being ill-conceived, unclear, and confused. I explicate the meaning of Shaftesbury’s claim and show that it is not susceptible to many of the long-standing criticisms that have been leveled at it. In its canonical form in The Moralists, the beauty-good claim is intelligible, and Shaftesbury has cogent reasons for advancing it.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4586
Print ISSN
0022-5053
Pages
pp. 69-92
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-16
Open Access
No
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