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Civilization Stands or Falls on the Foundation of Beauty

By turns a study in fundamental ontology, aesthetics, and political philosophy, James Matthew Wilson's The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition draws inspiration from Hans Urs von Balthasar's striking claim that truth, goodness, and even being itself depend upon the reality of beauty. Wilson examines the tradition that sees claims about beauty as foundational for our understanding or reality and explores the consequences of its rejection.  

James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor of Religion and Literature in the Department of the Humanities at Villanova University. (website)