Yes, to the greatest extent. What greater admiration can there be than that of Beauty itself? Love, for Plato, is the attraction all creatures have for a variety of things, and in man it is the love or craving of the soul for the beautiful. The mind of man ascends from love of the physical to the intellectual love of absolute Beauty (Symp. 210 a – f). The higher eros is what does that, being irresistibly attracted by what is beautiful. Cf. ‘Therapeia’, by R.E. Cushman, a wonderful book.

Addendum: From the perspective of Advaita Vedanta (and, why not? from every philosophical and esthetic perspective – Aesthetics being a branch of philosophy) Being or Existence (satya) is the most lovable, and it is equivalent (another name for it) to the Spirit or Atman inherent in Nature, i.e., in all forms of life including man*. One can trace a parallel between the Platonic and the Shankarian or Advaitist traditions.

  • As a generic, inclusive, word ‘man’ is, of course, old, passé

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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