Using the work of Immanuel Kant, John Armstrong, who contributed "Beauty and the Mind" to the 2002 Art and Cognition virtual conference, suggests ways in which we grasp art and beauty.

Armstrong describes art appreciation as the free play of imagination, the free play of understanding and a harmony that escapes complete description. Its value "depends upon something elusive: a sense of order without any precise codification."

Beauty and the Mind: Lessons from Kant is reminiscent (and perhaps only to me) of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, which proves that logical systems can never be complete, and, similarly, that what we grasp as comprehensive can never be completely logical.

What is it?

What is it about the human mind that hints at glory?