Analysis of the Instrumental Function of Beauty in Wang Zhaowen’s Beauty-Goodness-Relationship Theory

Yuping LUO


Wang Zhaowen chooses an approach to achieve his social ideal through arts and aesthetics and on this basis, he believes that the relationship between beauty and goodness is unified and beauty is subordinated to goodness. He thinks that to emphasize and enrich beauty and to full play the role of beauty will achieve goodness better and beauty is instrumental for goodness. Meanwhile, social ideals which change over the time and goodness in two different interpersonal relationships respectively specify the instrumental content of beauty, making beauty considerably limited while instrumental. This relationship and feature runs through the development process of his thoughts and can also be seen as the starting point and purpose of his aesthetic thoughts.


Beauty; Goodness; Relationship; Instructional; Analysis

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