The Beauty Project reading list

Performance and the Arts

Affifi, Ramsey, 2020. Beauty in the darkness: aesthetic education in the ecological crisis. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 54(4), pp.1126-1138.

Belfiore, Eleonora and Bennett, Oliver, 2008 The Social Impact of the Arts: an Intellectual History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

DeCelles, K., 2011. Finding beauty in unsightly places: The power of invoking counter-typical reflection. Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research, 27, p.59.

Hickey, Dave, 2009. The Invisible Dragon – Essays on Beauty, Revised and Expanded, University of Chicago Press.

Kimball, Roger, 1997. Art without beauty, Public Interest, 127, pp. 44-49.

Lorand, Ruth, 2000. A Philosophy of Order, Beauty and Art, Routledge. 

Meyer-Dinkgrafe, Daniel (Ed), 2005. The Future of Beauty in Theatre, Literature and the Arts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Ranciere, Jacques, 2017. Art, Life, Finality: The Metamorphoses of Beauty, Critical Enquiry, 43 (3), pp.597-616.

Thompson, James 2009. Performance affects: Applied theatre and the end of affect. Palgrave Macmillan.

Walton, Samantha, 2021. Everybody needs beauty: In search of the nature cure. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Skeets, Jake, 2022. My Name is Beauty [online], Emergence Magazine (available here)

Weizman, Eyal, 2022. Why Aesthetics Must Mean More than Beauty [online], Art Review (available here)

Winston, Joe, 2006. By way of an introduction, some initial reflections on beauty, Research in Drama Education, 11 (1), pp.43-45



Bartlett Levinson, Ronald (ed.) 1967, A Plato reader (Boston: Houghton Mifflin)

Brand, Peg Zeglin (ed.), 2000, Beauty Matters (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

Burke, Edmund, 1757, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).

Danto, Arthur, 2003, The Abuse of Beauty, (Chicago: Open Court).

Hume, David, 1757, ‘Of the standard of taste’ in Essays Moral, Political, and Literary Libertyclassics (1987). pp. 226-249.

Hutcheson, Francis, 1726. An Inquiry Into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (New York: Garland)

Kant, Immanuel, 1790, Critique of Judgement, J.H. Bernard (trans.), (New York: Macmillan, 1951).

McIver Lopes, Dominic, 2018, Being for Beauty (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Mothersill, Mary (1984). Beauty restored. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Murdoch, Iris (1970). The Sovereignty of Good (New York: Routledge).

Nehamas, Alexander, 2000, The return of the beautiful: Morality, pleasure, and the value of uncertainty. The Journal of aesthetics and art criticism, 58(4), pp.393-403.

Paris, Panos, 2020, Functional Beauty, Pleasure, and Experience. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 98 (3):516-530.

Santayana, George, 1896, The Sense of Beauty, (New York: Scribner’s).

Sartwell, Crispin, 2006. Six Names of Beauty. (London: Routledge)

Scarry, Elaine, 1999. On Beauty and Being Just (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

Scruton, Roger, 2009. Beauty (New York: Oxford University Press).

Yanagi, Soetsu, 2018, The Beauty of Everyday Things, trans Michael Brase, (London: Penguin Random House).



Brielmann AA & Pelli D,  2017, Beauty Requires Thought, Current Biology 27, 1506–1513

Chandrasekhar S. 1979, Beauty and the quest for beauty in science. Phys Today.  32(7):25–30.

Chandrasekhar, S., 2013. Truth and beauty: Aesthetics and motivations in science. University of Chicago Press.

Diessner R, Solom RC, Frost NK, Parsons L, Davidson J. 2008, Engagement with beauty: Appreciating natural, artistic, and moral beauty. J Psychol Interdiscip Appl. ;142(3):303–32.

Diessner R, Iyer R, Smith MM, Haidt J. 2013, Who engages with moral beauty? J Moral Educ. ;42(2):139–63.

Diessner R. 2019, Understanding the beauty appreciation trait: Empirical research on seeking beauty in all things. 1–265.

Girod M. 2007,  A conceptual overview of the role of beauty and aesthetics in science and science education. Stud Sci Educ. 43(1):38–61.

Haywood N. 2018, ‘Beauty in the foreground , science behind the scenes’: families ’ views of science learning in a botanic garden. Environ Educ Res [Internet]. 4622:1–17. Available from:

von Humboldt, A. 1858, Cosmos : A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe (New York: Harper & Brothers)

Knieper T. ( Neuro ) 2022  Aesthetics : Beauty , ugliness , and ethics.619–27.

Kull K. 2022, The Biosemiotic Fundamentals of Aesthetics : Beauty is the Perfect Semiotic Fitting. Biosemiotics. 15:1–22.

Lincoln D, Olson L. 2018, The Beauty of Physics. Phys Teach. 56(6):344–9.

Lok C, Brandon H, College SHH. Truth , Beauty and the Pursuit of Science. (165).

MacArthur BD. 2021,  Truth and beauty in physics and biology. Nat Phys [Internet]. 17(2):149–51. Available from:

Malin BJ. Not Just Your Average Beauty: Carl Seashore and the History of Communication Research in the United States. Commun Theory. 2011;21(3):299–316.

Melo, I. 2018, The Role of Beauty in Physics. Communications. 20(11):144–8. Available from:

Østergaard E, Müller OL. 2020, Sensing Beauty: The Aesthetics of Science.16(1992):228–33.

Ritz, B., Vaidyanathan, B. 2023, The Beauty of Understanding: Scientific Understanding as Aesthetic Experience.,  Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 12 (3): 27–35. See also: 

Rohit M, Keenan S. Why Teachers Should Care about Beauty in Science Education. iwonder. :83–6.

Singh G. 2015, The Wonder and Beauty of Science. IEEE Comput Graph Appl. 35(5):2–3.

Woodhouse H. 1995, Towards a Process Theory of Learning : Feeling the Beauty of the World. 26:347–64.