We live in a world which has in many ways been uglified, and it’s a world that we want to redeem so that we are part of it once again. Beauty is, then, the search for home, for a place where you can be at home with yourself and with others, but in particular where you belong.
Sir Roger Scruton delivered the following address at The Power of Beauty Conference in October 2014, sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project.
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The featured image is a detail from “The Birth of Venus” (1485) by Sandro Botticelli and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.