Stanley: I'm simply not the kind of person who has any patience at all for sitting around staring at pretty waterfalls ... I think that beauty plays such a marginal role in art appreciation that the question must be shifted.
Rosen: To be quite honest with you at the outset, I have problems with “beauty”. I don’t know whether “beauty” is something I can work with ... the end of beauty isn’t the same as the end of art – art doesn’t have to be “beautiful” to be valuable.
Appiah: What is merely pleasurable is pretty. Beauty has an element of that thing that makes you want to come back, that engages you cognitively.
Wedgwood: Beautiful things reveal their beauty in experience, in a kind of contemplation. The kind of contemplation is one in which many of our mental faculties are engaged at a very high level but without strain.
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