Beauty and Utility

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This follows on my comments on Harmony and ‘Environmental Aesthetics‘, as well as the post on ‘What is Good‘. Perhaps my overriding point in those posts is that Eastern traditions pay greater attention to the ethical concept of harmony, both socially and with nature, than Western traditions. Harmony is seen to be a ‘good thing’. This could be exhibited in …

Environmental Aesthetics

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I posted a short item on Facebook, as follows: Tea Okakura Kakuso, in his 1906 The Book of Tea, builds the case that a better understanding of each other’s philosophies would prevent much conflict in the world. He wrote that: ‘Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful amongst the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity …