Philosophy of Beauty

Beauty is often described as a subjective quality of things which makes these things pleasing to notice. These things include beautiful sunsets, landscapes, people and other works of art. Beauty, with art and other aesthetic concepts, is probably the most important theme of aesthetics, among the various branches of philosophy. It has great significance in any culture and society and plays an important role in aesthetic treatment of the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Many different types of beauty are available in nature, in people, in works of art and in architectural structures.


The philosophy of aesthetics considers beauty as the emotional state or the mental attitude toward something. Some philosophers define beauty according to a definition of beauty as something that surpasses the normal or natural qualities of a physical object. Others define beauty according to a more generic principle of value-some kind of aesthetic value that we attribute to some objects regardless of their being able to meet the needs of humans or being inherently ugly in appearance. In modern aesthetics, beauty is considered as an aesthetic element independent of personal valuation and is instead a socially established, yet somehow personal concept that serves as a criterion for aesthetic appreciation.

Philosophy of aesthetics has many contributions but most significant are the notions of proportion, form, line, color, space, tone, tempo, rhythm, psychology and linguistics. All these elements combine to give us an aesthetic experience, which may be positive or negative in nature. Aesthetic appreciation is a philosophical study of beauty that has its roots in psychology and its application is found in aesthetic treatment of the human body, emotions, mind and spirit.