Aesthetics Reading Group: On Beauty

Ormston House is hosting a weekly reading group on Aesthetics. We are inviting a small group to join us every Saturday lunchtime to discuss the ideas of selected key texts (or extracts from texts) starting with Module #1: On Beauty.

The reading group will follow the Alternative Table of Contents from Aesthetics – A Comprehensive Anthology edited by Steven M. Cahn & Aaron Meskin with additional texts suggested by participants. All levels of experience are welcome, from the novice to the seasoned philosopher.

Texts will be available to collect a week in advance from the Ormston House Reading Room. For further information or to book a place, please contact Chris Hayes at


Saturday 11 January, 12pm
Ennead I, vi

Saturday 18 January, 12pm
Characterisitics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times
Third Earl of Shaftesbury

Saturday 25 January, 12pm
An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
Francis Hutcheson

Saturday 1 February, 12pm
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
Edmund Burke

Saturday 8 February, 12pm
Critique of Judgement
Immanuel Kant

Saturday 15 February, 12pm
Beauty Restored
Mary Mothersill

Saturday 22 February, 12pm
An Argument about Beauty
Susan Sontag

Saturday 1 March, 12pm
Beauty in the Expanded Field of Painting
James Voorhies

A light lunch will be served.


Image: Susan Sontag, photograph by Sophie Bassouls/Sygma/Corbis. A taster session will be held on Saturday 30 November at 12pm. Following Module #1, the reading group will take a three-week break and resume with Module #2 - Morality and Politics in Art - to coincide with The Enclave by Richard Mosse at Ormston House.
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