In the selection from The Symposium,  Diotoma explains to Socrates that the desire for beauty is the ultimately part of the quest for attaining our immortality by means of "giving birth" to such eternal goods as virtue and wisdom.
I tend to think they are separate but complementary processes in a similar way that Indian Yoga philosophy has several facets. By representing the good in art, we strive to reach true knowledge in this world of illusion.
You must see now that your incapacity of being alone: Do not let anyone who has not given his attention to the subject imagine that the "aestheticism," which became known as the hallmark of a band of people led by Oscar Wilde who committed many whimsical extravagances, and who were caricatured in Mr.
If this were the case, both states would either be generally material states, or a comparable mixture of matter and spirit. The ancient Greeks appreciated Beauty. And though faint with sickness, and encumbered in ruin, the true workers redeem inch by inch the wilderness into garden ground; by the help of their joined hands the order of all things is surely sustained and vitally expanded, and although with strange vacillation, in the eyes of the watcher, the morning cometh, and also the night, there is no hour of human existence that does not draw on towards the perfect day.
Purity and chastity are requirements resulting from the very nature of art.
It would be comparatively easy if it did. I feel sure that in elemental forces there is purification, and I want to go back to them and live in their presence. The song of Isaiah, 'He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: It is only a slight return, I know, but it is the one, I feel certain, that pleases them most.
The poor thieves and outcasts who are imprisoned here with me are in many respects more fortunate than I am. We do not require the Liber Conformitatum to teach us that the life of St.
While I was in Wandsworth prison I longed to die. This is not the real relationship of Heaven and Earth, however, for "God's presence antedates what else hath been," "Later Life, They should have known also how to interpret sorrow better. I know that would be equally fatal.
Wilde realizes that if Bosie were really living an artistic life, he would be able to understand the paradoxical nature of Wilde admitting his own responsibility for his downfall while realizing that what Wilde is really doing is blaming Bosie.
Some six weeks ago I was allowed by the doctor to have white bread to eat instead of the coarse black or brown bread of ordinary prison fare. It is up to the reader to discern that truth. I, and such as I am, have hardly any right to air and sun.
Probably no one deserved anything. This, in turn, explains the development of his theory of recollection and the postulate of transcendent immaterial objects as the basis of reality and thought that he refers to in the Meno, and that he presents more fully in the Phaedo.
The external things of life seem to me now of no importance at all. Montgomery Hyde, quoted by Chamberlin. If anything, De Profundis is a work of pure beauty and should be treated as the ultimate truth in Wilde’s assessment of his situation.
It is up to the reader to discern that truth. Works Cited. Brown, Julia Prewitt. De Profundis is proof that even while surrounded by the horrors of prison Wilde insisted on living as artfully as he could. and that art.
is wholly paradoxical. that art must be moral. but Bosie’s” (Ellman ) the letter is an example of Wilde’s aesthetic philosophy.
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The Beauty in Hatred_ Oscar Wilde’s Aesthetic Theory in de Profundis. It, therefore, follows that aesthetics has to discuss such topics as the relation of art to nature and life, the distinction of art from nature, the relation of natural to artistic beauty, the conditions and nature of beauty in a work of art, and especially the distinction of beauty from truth, from utility, and from moral goodness.An analysis of de profundis based on platos view of art and beauty