What are aesthetics?

  • (noun): (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art).
    Example: "Traditional aesthetics assumed the existence of universal and timeless criteria of artistic value"
    Synonyms: esthetics

Aesthetics

Aesthetics (also spelled æsthetics) is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. It is more scientifically defined as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. More broadly, scholars in the field define aesthetics as "critical reflection on art, culture and nature."

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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Walden, New York) - Aesthetics
... Babcock's initials are found on many sketches of Upjohn's, including one church with tower in Upjohn's pattern book Rural Architecture that strongly resembles St ... Andrew's ...
Structuralism (architecture) - Further Configurations – Aesthetics of Number
... The term "aesthetics of number" is introduced by Aldo van Eyck in the architectural magazine Forum 7/1959 ... Orphanage in Amsterdam, "Aesthetics of Number", 1960 (Aldo van Eyck) Leicester University Engineering Building, 1963 (Stirling-Gowan) Salk Institute in La Jolla ...
Aesthetics - Criticism
... The philosophy of aesthetics as a practice has been criticized by some sociologists and writers of art and society ... Raymond Williams argues that there is no unique and or individual aesthetic object which can be extrapolated from the art world, but that there is a ... Pierre Bourdieu disagrees with Kant's idea of the "aesthetic" ...
Lectures On Aesthetics
... Lectures on Aesthetics (in German Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik) is a compilation of notes from university lectures on aesthetics given by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in ... Hegel's Aesthetics is regarded by many as one of the greatest aesthetic theories to have been produced since Aristotle ... Heidegger calls Hegel's Lectures on Aesthetics "the most comprehensive reflection on the essence of art that the West possesses" ...

Famous quotes containing the word aesthetics:

    Nothing is beautiful, except man alone: all aesthetics rests upon this naïveté, which is its first truth. Let us immediately add the second: nothing is ugly except the degenerating man—and with this the realm of aesthetic judgment is circumscribed.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    What is the use of aesthetics if they can neither teach how to produce beauty nor how to appreciate it in good taste? It exists because it behooves rational human beings to provide reasons for their actions and assessments. Even if aesthetics are not the mathematics of beauty, they are the proof of the calculation.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872)

    For aesthetics is the mother of ethics.... Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe—not empirically, alas, but only theoretically—that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens.
    Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940)