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Spirit and the Obligation of Social FleshA Secular Theology for the Global City$
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Sharon V. Betcher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253906

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253906.001.0001

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“Fearful Symmetry”

“Fearful Symmetry”

Between Theological Aesthetics and Global Economics

(p.50) Two “Fearful Symmetry”
Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh

Sharon V. Betcher

Fordham University Press

If “fear has been aestheticized” (as urban theorist Sharon Zukin argues), then our conception of beauty, so pivotal to bodies in the cosmopolitan core as well as to selling the world city as “experience museum,” as desirable habitat, must themselves be analytically parsed. This chapter consequently articulates a conception of beauty— contrary to the proposal of literary theorist Elaine Scarry— as informed by the fragility and pain of existence.

Keywords:   Beauty, Aesthetics, global city, place theory, transcendence

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