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Author Hans, James S., 1950-

Title The golden mean / James S. Hans
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [1994]


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Description ix, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Series SUNY series, the margins of literature
SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Contents Ch. 1. The Three Goods -- Ch. 2. The Straight and Narrow -- Ch. 3. Man Wants to Live -- Ch. 4. The Fair Play of the World -- Ch. 5. Pride Goeth Before the Fall -- Conclusion: On Virtue
Summary The Golden Mean argues that our current dilemmas both inside and outside the university should prompt us to see more clearly how the aesthetic and the ethical are intrinsically related. We need to reassess their relationship to the future of our ways of thinking and the development of our communities
The Golden Mean reappraises the relationship among the three forms of good that exist in Western thought: the good of aesthetic beauty and performance, the good of right and wrong, and the forces of social resentment that shape the public debate about what is appropriate to society's needs. The book explores how the good found in aesthetics is linked to the good found in the ethical codes that govern people's lives. These "goods" interact with the sense of the community expressed in society's envy of those exemplary few who possess the powers of the aesthetic, even as they too must subscribe to the same strictures by which ordinary people live. The book also demonstrates how the concept of a middle path, a straight and narrow way, or a "golden mean" develops to provide a measure by which people can make sense out of these seemingly disparate phenomena
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-302)
Subject Aesthetics.
Good and evil.
Literature and society.
Literature -- Philosophy.
LC no. 93019242
ISBN 0791418316 (acid-free)
0791418324 (paperback: acid-free)