Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sense of Beauty” as Want to Read:
The Sense of Beauty
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sense of Beauty

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It is remarkably appropriate that this work on aesthetics should have been written by George Santayana, who is probably the most brilliant philosophic writer and the philosopher with the strongest sense of beauty since Plato. It is not a dry metaphysical treatise, as works on aesthetics so often are, but is itself a fascinating document: as much a revelation of the beauty ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 1955 by Dover Publications
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sense of Beauty, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sense of Beauty

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 598)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
نهى أبوعسل
يصعب عن اعطي انطباع واحد عما اثاره في نفسي ذلك الكتاب
فالكاتب هنا جازف كما يجازف كل الفلاسفة بمحاولة ايجاد شرح يفسر موضوع نفسي و وجداني بحت مثل الاحساس بالجمال و او كما اعطى اسما لمؤلفه ( تخطيط النظرية في علم الجمال ) .
لكن للأسف في هذا الكتاب رغم مجهود الكاتب الواضح و المميز و محاولاته المضنية ... الا ان الكتاب لم يوفي الاحساس بالجمال حقه من الشرح ... فكل موضوع من الموضوعات التي اثارها الكاتب تحتاج الي مجلد لشرحها و فهمها .
فقد قسم الكاتب موضوعه الى ثلاث اقسام كبرى .. مادة الجمال ... و الشكل ...
...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
I am not sure if I was satisfied with the way that Santayana approached this topic. I understand that some of these issues come with his perspective as a philosopher. Frankly, spending the beginning of the book saying a hundred ways that people define beauty and then using the last half to define what it is he has determined beauty to be, seems a bit backward. Perhaps I am a bit too much of a conventionalist but I would have preferred if he had spend the earlier portion of his work being more cl ...more
David
Eloquent and intense, Santayana’s “The Sense of Beauty” outlines the parameters and structure of aesthetic thought. After preliminarily defining beauty as “value positive, intrinsic, and objectified . . . pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing,” Santayana presents sections on matter, form, and expression. Idealization and perfection play a strong role in his aesthetics, and he prizes clarity and stability of form and purity of expression in art; he pits himself against the expressive excess ...more
David Corbet
This is an excellent book on aesthetics. Not only is it a classic but it is philosophically sound. I do believe this is a must read for every artist, and anyone interested in the idea of beauty and the philosophy of aesthetics.
Charlie N
It's interesting to read this work of Santayana's from the perspective of his later ontological distinctions in Scepticism and Animal Faith, and Realms of Being. In his later terminology, beauty is an essence, a form, that arises when a conscious perspective contemplates a work of art, or a state of affairs. Not all works of art assume this form for all observers. It is the confluence of a suitable form of matter and a suitable psyche (Santayana's later term for the physical organization that un ...more
Aidan Sawyer
Beautifully written. Makes some really interesting points on aesthetic theory. Directed poetry. Guy's amazing.
Muzzy
Santayana begins with the assumption that truth and beauty are the same thing. That's where he lost me.
Stephanie


Although by and large I enjoyed this work, the linguist in me must reject the application of an aesthetic principle to different languages. Once again, Euro-centrism would put Latin and Greek at the pinnacle of linguistic beauty. Find me a person with equal familiarity with the 6000+ languages of the world, and I might be willing to allow some sort of aesthetic comparison of linguistic systems, but until then--yeah, not so much.

Also, it started to lose me near the end, particularly on expressio
...more
إبراهيم   عادل
نبقى نكمله بعدين :)
Crocker.carayahoo.com
Crocker.carayahoo.com marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2014
Derren
Derren marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Muhammed A.  Zidan
Muhammed A. Zidan marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2014
Susanna
Susanna is currently reading it
Dec 12, 2014
Emily Davidson
Emily Davidson marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2014
Hamssa Adel
Hamssa Adel marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
Audrey
Audrey marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
Josh
Josh marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2014
Hossam
Hossam marked it as to-read
Dec 03, 2014
Aaron LaPointe
Aaron LaPointe marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2014
Abdelouahid Zarghil
Abdelouahid Zarghil marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2014
Libero
Libero marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2014
Boukabene Moustafa
Boukabene Moustafa marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2014
Amona
Amona marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2014
Ralph
Ralph marked it as to-read
Nov 21, 2014
Jesús
Jesús marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2014
Mawadda Aldokali
Mawadda Aldokali marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 19 20 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture
  • The Meaning of Truth
  • Tragic Sense of Life
  • The Analysis of Mind
  • Must We Mean What We Say?: A Book of Essays
  • Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic
  • Tacit Dimension
  • How We Think
  • مجتمع جديد أو الكارثة
  • Introducing Foucault
  • Introducing Kant (Introducing)
  • Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime
  • On Painting
  • The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic: Part I: Human Nature; Part II: de Corpore Politico with Three Lives
  • What Is Called Thinking?
  • Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
  • Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature
  • The Idea of Phenomenology
56610
Philosopher, poet, literary and cultural critic, George Santayana is a principal figure in Classical American Philosophy. His naturalism and emphasis on creative imagination were harbingers of important intellectual turns on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a naturalist before naturalism grew popular; he appreciated multiple perfections before multiculturalism became an issue; he thought of phil ...more
More about George Santayana...
Scepticism and Animal Faith The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante And Goethe The Life of Reason: Five Volumes in One Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy. Five Essays

Share This Book

“To feel beauty is a better thing than to understand how we come to feel it. To have imagination and taste, to love the best, to be carried by the contemplation of nature to a vivid faith in the ideal, all this is more, a great deal more, than any science can hope to be.” 7 likes
“A habitual indulgence in the inarticulate is a sure sign of the philosopher who has not learned to think, the poet who has not learned to write, the painter who has not learned to paint, and the impression that has not learned to express itself--all of which are compatible with an immensity of genius in the inexpressible soul.” 2 likes
More quotes…