Beauty Is An Attribute of Being

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…For the medieval mind, beauty had little to do with our contemporary understanding of a subjective judgment. While for us today beauty is often said to be in the eye of the beholder, for the medieval, beauty was seen as a formal characteristic of being. It belonged to the transcendental attributes of being, namely, unity, truth, and goodness. Each of these attributes expresses something about being beyond the act of existence. Since everything that exists has its own internal principle of unity, and is both true (insofar as it is what it is) and good (insofar as it is the object of love), everything that exists has a beauty that belongs to it. This dimension of beauty belongs to the way the parts are related and ordered to one another. Indeed, the entire whole of creation, as a whole, expresses beauty that can be explained in terms of the ordering of parts to one another. – Mary Beth Ingham, Scotus for Dunces: An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor (New York: The Franciscan Institute, 2003), pp. 37-38

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