The aesthetic and the spiritual attitude in learning: Lessons from Simone Weil

Journal of Aesthetic Education 44 (2):pp. 63-82 (2010)
The beautiful is something on which we can fix our attention…. The attitude of looking and waiting is the attitude which corresponds with the beautiful.Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.At the end of the Phaedrus, Socrates suggests to his friend Phaedrus that they should offer a prayer to the gods before they returned to the city from the country, where they had gone to discuss the notion of love.1 To which suggestion Phaedrus replies: "By all means." Socrates then proceeds to offer a prayer of inner beauty and of inner wholeness, asking: "Beloved Pan … give me beauty in the inward soul; and may the outward and the inward man be at one…. Anything more? The prayer, I think, is ..
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