Beauty – What Is It And How Do You Know If You Have It?

Beauty is defined as that which makes objects pleasant to see. These objects include sunsets, landscapes, people and beautiful works of art. Beauty, with aesthetic sense and art, is probably the most important concern of aesthetics, among the various branches of natural philosophy. Philosophy as a whole concerns itself with knowing the essence of reality, as well as how we can come to appreciate it. Among the most basic questions in aesthetics are the relation between beauty and the idea of beauty, between the idea of beauty and actual objects, and between beauty and humanity.


The term beauty has many shades, depending on the thinker. While some would argue that beauty is necessarily a given mental state, others would hold that beauty exists only as the product of human mind. Still others would say that beauty is a subjective concept, for no particular object could be considered beautiful by one person. It also has many other interpretations. Most philosophers however, agree that beauty includes all the attributes that a perceiving creature could desire in order to be happy or successful.

We all seek out things that would make us happy. For some people, a pretty face may be enough to make them look like a million dollars. However, not everyone will look like a supermodel, so what constitutes beauty may be a very personal thing. What may concern one person may not bother another. A beautiful house, expensive car or tall office chair may seem very beautiful to an onlooker, but very different to the hand that build it.