Scarry Response: Perceived Beauty As A Reflection of Self

In her essay “On Beauty and Being Just,” Elaine Scarry describes two different types of mistakes about beauty. The first “is the recognition that something formerly held to be beautiful no longer deserves to be so regarded. The second is the sudden recognition that something from which the attribution of beauty had been withheld deserved…

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Prized Minds: Western Alumni offer Solutions to Indigenous and Employment Issues

Since September 2016, Ontario’s most creative minds have been developing solutions for challenges that face both Ontarian and Canadian society. The Lieutenant Governor Visionaries Prize, announced by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in partnership with Walrus Foundation, provides these innovative thinkers the opportunity to present their solutions to Canada’s most pressing issues to a panel…

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Nostalgia and Beauty

Elaine Scarry opens up her essay “On Beauty and Being Just” by making the claim that beauty is always replication. Scarry writes that beauty is replication in many ways whether it is taking photographs, recapturing it in other forms of art, remaking a work of art or even just prolonged staring beauty is always rooted…

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The Arts: A Key to Understanding Humanity

I distinctly remember listening in on a conversation in which one particularly heated man was venting about how useless it would be to obtain a degree in Philosophy or the Liberal Arts in general. He proposed that, in a state of emergency, this degree would be of no use at all. This proposal raises a…

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