Popper on Objective Beauty

Reading Popper, I’m often surprised how many of Deutsch’s ideas are really ideas from Popper. Here is one on objective beauty.

To me, idealism appears absurd, for it also implies something like this: that it is my mind which creates this beautiful world. But I know I am not its Creator. After all, the famous remark ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, though perhaps not an utterly stupid remark, means no more than that there is a problem of the appreciation of beauty. I know that the beauty of Rembrandt’s self-portraits is not in my eye, nor that of Bach’s Passions in my ear. On the contrary, I can establish to my satisfaction, by opening and closing my eyes and ears, that my eyes and ears are not good enough to take in all the beauty that is there. Also, there are other people who are better judges–better able than I to appreciate the beauty of pictures and of music. Denying realism amounts to megalomania (the most widespread occupational disease of the professional philosopher.)

Objective Knowledge, p. 41

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