Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Architectural MaterialismsNonhuman Creativity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Maria Voyatzaki

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420570

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420570.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 09 August 2020

The Compass of Beauty: A Search for the Middle

The Compass of Beauty: A Search for the Middle

Chapter:
(p.176) Chapter 8 The Compass of Beauty: A Search for the Middle
Source:
Architectural Materialisms
Author(s):

Lars Spuybroek

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420570.003.0009

In his chapter, Lars Spuybroek criticises the doctrine of emergence for hindering the reversal that allows wholes to connect to parts of other wholes and only done with beauty; beauty as inherent of things without which they cannot exist make a claim on their environment only by being beautiful. The chapter tries to deal with the question of how beauty constructs this intersection between the two states. He calls this intersection the middle and goes on to sketching its historical transformations and its subsequent variations, combining the two main agents of variability, smoothness and roughness. Things and feelings are both constructed in the same system. That forces subjectivism out of the scene and materialism prevailing as matter is simply what matters. For Whitehead beauty is about both mutual adaptation and patterned contrasts, about massiveness and intensity, about smoothness and roughness. These things have a consciousness of their own, a nonhuman thought. The essay develops a bi-axial structure into a genuine fourfold, and from there into a circular system where aesthetic feelings are equated with material objects.

Keywords:   Emergence, Beauty, Middle, Variations, Materialism, Whitehead, Nonhuman, Aesthetics, Feelings, Material Objects

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.