Book review of Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal by Heather Widdows (Princeton University Press, 2018) [Book Review]


Authors
Peg Brand Weiser
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
Abstract
Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal offers a unique approach to an old topic, that of human beauty, written by an ethicist specializing in global ethics who considers herself "an applied philosopher" (14). It seems to be written primarily for ethicists and not--of preferred interest to this reviewer--for aestheticians, that is, those who routinely write about the value of the complex notion of beauty and its many permutations that involve ethics. . . . Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal is a fascinating read that may raise more questions for scholars than it answers. Within the increasingly complex realm of physical beauty and feminist challenges to a white, heterosexual, female beauty ideal, this book should inspire responses that will definitely be a worthwhile result. We can all look forward to the future discussion that considering beauty as an ethical ideal will spawn.
Keywords Beauty
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,209
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ethical Topicality of the Ideal Beauty.Simona Chiodo - 2015 - Lebenswelt: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Experience 6:1-12.
Boring Beauty and Universal Morality: Kant on the Ideal of Beauty.Rachel Zuckert - 2005 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 48 (2):107 – 130.
Beauty.Roger Scruton - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
Beauty.Nick Zangwill - 2003 - In Jerrold Levinson (ed.), Oxford Companion to Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
Athletic Beauty in Classical Greece: A Philosophical View.Heather Reid - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 39 (2):281-297.
Buddhism, Beauty, and Virtue.David Cooper - 2017 - In Kathleen J. Higgins, Shakirsaeed Shakirsaeed & Sonia Sonia (eds.), Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty,. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 123-138.
The Return of Beauty?Wolfgang Welsch - 2004 - Filozofski Vestnik 25 (2).
Physical Beauty: Only Skin Deep?Medard T. Hilhorst - 2002 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (1):11-21.
The Neglect of Beauty.Heather Widdows - 2016 - ProtoSociology 33:167-185.
The Relation Between the Ideal of Beauty and Dependent Beauty in Kant's Philosophy.Javad Amin & Ali - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 9 (16):43-60.
About Beauty, A Thomistic Interpretation.Francis J. Kovach - 1985 - Review of Metaphysics 38 (3):662-664.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-07-25

Total views
15 ( #678,772 of 2,455,349 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,153 of 2,455,349 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes