“Hippias Major” by Plato

What is Beauty?

Socrates doesn’t give a definition of beauty, though he does drop some hints at an approximation of the idea, but instead, by the method of elimination, he exhibits what is not beauty, and exposes with abundant sarcasm the ignorance and conceit of him who claims to know the beautiful.

“Beautiful things are difficult”, indeed, perhaps because Beauty cannot be defined due to the limitation of language itself.



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