Perfect Beauty: The 5 Transcendental Desires Considered Individually, Part D (II: Evidence of the Soul from Our Transcendental Desires)

In line with our previous posts on the topic, the very same reasoning applies to perfect or transcendental beauty as to perfect truth, love, and justice (goodness).

At this juncture, it will only be necessary to present the first step of the argument, and you can figure out the other three steps from the line of reasoning given above.

transcendental beauty

  1. We have the capacity to recognize imperfection in every dimension of every kind of beauty – artistic beauty, musical beauty, architectural beauty, literary beauty – and even beauty manifest in the human heart, human ideals, and human aspirations. Even when we are immersed in the most beautiful of nature walks or along a beautiful seascape, we always seem to strive for another angle – something more interesting – more beautiful. We try to enhance beauty in music by making it more complex – and sometimes by simply “turning up the volume.” We see endless imperfections in the beauty of ourselves and others, and strive to overcome those imperfections.
  2. How can we notice virtually every imperfection in all of the above forms of beauty – continuously and endlessly? You should be able to answer this question – without even being a Platonist philosopher.
  3. What could be the source of our tacit awareness of what transcendental beauty would be like? Again, you should be able to answer this question.
  4. What is perfect or transcendental beauty? Once again, it is the same God we proved in a previous post.

Now you draw the conclusion – what does this say about who God is and how he is present to our consciousness?

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