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Lecture at St. John’s College Offers Reflections on Beauty
FOR RELEASE: September 1, 2010
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-626-2539
James Carey, former dean and currently a tutor at St. John’s College, will give a lecture entitled “Some Reflections on the Phenomenon of Beauty.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 10, at 8:15 p.m.
“Beauty is generally understood to be something that pleases. It does not follow, however, that beauty must be construed as a mere subclass of the pleasant. The Greek adjective, kalos –ē –on, which in some contexts means ‘beautiful,’ in other contexts means ‘noble,’ even ‘morally noble,’” says Mr. Carey.
The connection of beauty with pleasure, on the one hand, and with moral nobility, on the other, will be the main theme of Mr. Carey’s lecture. “I shall sketch the major philosophical attempts—ancient and modern—to shed light on these connections. Some observations and arguments made by Kant in the ‘Critique of Judgment’ will loom large in my presentation, but no prior familiarity with Kant will be presupposed.”
Mr. Carey joined St. John’s as tutor in Annapolis in 1979. In 1984 he became a tutor on the Santa Fe campus, and from 1996 to 2000 served as Santa Fe dean. Mr. Carey has a doctorate in philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City and completed graduate study in music at the University of North Carolina.