Beauty, Truth, Virtue, Justice

“Virtue aims at the beautiful (to kalon).” — Aristotle

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty” — John Keats

The beautiful is fair, and the fair is just. — Elaine Scarry

We typically think of beauty, truth, virtue, and justice as being very different things. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” according to the common saying, which suggests that beauty is purely subjective. When we think of “truth,” we think of how something corresponds to reality. Virtue and justice both allow us to be maximally social, though virtue tends to be…