Essay on Beauty : The Form Of Beauty

2151 Words Oct 17th, 2016 9 Pages
In The Symposium, Diotima asserted that the Form of Beauty contained four main particular intrinsic features. I will begin by explaining the four main features of Beauty itself . I will also explain the relation between the Form of Beauty and beautiful things. The first attribute Diotima asserted for the Form of Beauty was immortality and invariableness. Diotima claimed that Beauty itself ‘does not come into being or perish, nor does it grow or waste away’ (211a). Beauty itself has no beginning nor end, nor does it ever change. Immortality and invariableness are attributes not found in beautiful things. For example, human beings and physical objects are dependent upon their creators, and their characteristics undergo a process of continual change over time. Beautiful things are perishable and variable. Thus, the Form of Beauty is different than beautiful things since it has eternal and changeless existence. The second attribute Diotima asserted for the Form of Beauty was absoluteness. Diotima claimed that Beauty itself is not ‘beautiful by one standard and ugly by another’ (211a). Beauty itself is independent of perception. Absoluteness is not found in beautiful things. For example, human beings and physical objects are both subject to perception. I may perceive a table’s attributes in a certain way; the shape is round, the material is glass, the stability consists of three legs, etc. However, it is possible that from a different angle, somebody might have a different…

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