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By Prospect   October 2010

On beauty 14th September 2010

Nicholas Humphrey’s potentially interesting analysis of beauty (September) was marred by his nonsensical distinction between “high” and other art. His belief that “we often need to be told that this is beauty before we respond to it” may reflect his own insecurities, but others are perfectly capable of responding to their own instincts. He is also wrong to assume we are in thrall to nature because of carnal fondness for a god. Plenty of us have no fallibility over notions of ownership of the type he describes, and hence have no need to fall upon…

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