Un librito inconspicuo y un ataque de cursilería


On Beauty and Being Just, de Elaine Scarry es un ensayo no demasiado extenso ni academicoso -Ms. Scarry es profesora de estética en Harvard- sobre la experiencia de lo bello. Es muy claro lo que se propone, desde el inicio. Y hay momentos, días, en los que el ánimo anda particularmente cursilón y se deleita con volver a oir, en otras palabras, el verso quizá demasiado citado de Keats. En este caso, la profesora Scarry repite lo que el poeta romántico en varias líneas y con ánimo mucho más explicativo. No por eso desmerece.

the beautiful person or thing incites in us the longing for truth because it provides by its compelling “clear discernibility” an introduction (perhaps even our first introduction) to the state of certainty yet does not itself satiate our desire for certainty since beauty, sooner or later, brings us into contact with our own capacity for making errors. The beautiful, almost without any effort of our own, acquaints us with the mental event of conviction, and so pleasurable a mental state is this that ever afterwards one is willing to labor, struggle, wrestle with the world to locate enduring sources of conviction –to locate what is true”


Y el librito inconspicuo, a pesar de mi ataque de cursilería, vale mucho la pena.


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