Six Names of Beauty (Paperback)

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This extraordinary little book tackles the word "beauty" in six different languages and cultures. It will expand your linguistic, visual, and emotional vocabulary to enhance the way you perceive beauty, and, consequently, the world.



— From Six Names of Beauty


Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it's also in the language we use and everywhere in the world around us. In this elegant, witty, and ultimately profound meditation on what is beautiful, Crispin Sartwell begins with six words from six different cultures - ancient Greek's 'to kalon', the Japanese idea of 'wabi-sabi', Hebrew's 'yapha', the Navajo concept 'hozho', Sanskrit 'sundara', and our own English-language 'beauty'.

Each word becomes a door onto another way of thinking about, and looking at, what is beautiful in the world, and in our lives. In Sartwell's hands these six names of beauty - and there could be thousands more - are revealed as simple and profound ideas about our world and our selves.

About the Author

Crispin Sartwell teaches at Dickinson College. The author of several books, he is also a syndicated columnist whose work appears regularly in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415979924
ISBN-10: 0415979927
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 21st, 2006
Pages: 160
Language: English