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4/14: Aesthetics Lecture

Originally Posted on admin, April 14, 2011

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Aesthetics Lecture

Who: James Carey, Tutor, St. John’s College, Santa Fe

What: Evening Lecture

Title: Some Reflections on the Phenomenon of Beauty

Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College

When: Friday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.

Details:This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question-and-answer period.

Beauty is generally understood to be something that pleases. It does not follow, however, that beauty must be construed as a mere subclass of the pleasant. The Greek adjective, kalos –ē –on, which in some contexts means “beautiful,” in other contexts means “noble,” even “morally noble.” The connection of beauty with pleasure, on the one hand, and with moral nobility, on the other, will be the main theme of this lecture. James Carey will sketch the major philosophical attempts--ancient, medieval, and modern—to shed light on these connections. Some observations and arguments made by Kant in the Critique of Judgment will loom large in the lecture, but no prior familiarity with Kant will be presupposed.

James Carey was on the faculty of St. John’s College, Annapolis, from 1979 to 1983 before joining the faculty of the college’s Santa Fe campus in 1984. He attended St. John's College, Annapolis, and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of North Carolina. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he pursued graduate studies in music at U.N.C. Carey earned he master’s of arts and doctorate degrees from The New School of Social Research (in 1973 and 1998, respectively). He has held a number of academic positions, including part-time instructor in philosophy at East Carolina University and also at North Carolina Wesleyan College, and he was twice dean of St. John’s, Santa Fe (1986-91 and 1996-2000), as well as acting president (2000). Carey has been a distinguished visiting professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy since 2004.