Beauty is often defined as a subjective feature of things which makes these objects enjoyable to see. Such items may include sunsets, landscapes, humans and art. Beauty, along with taste and art, is the most significant part of aesthetics, arguably the most important branch of applied philosophy. Philosophical aesthetics has its roots in aesthetic studies. It is concerned with how beauty is defined by humans in their interaction with the world and each other.
Philosophy of aesthetics considers beauty to be the subjective experience of pleasure in the perfection of a work of art or in the arrangement of parts in a human body. These theories consider beauty to be universal but also particular to the culture and era in which a particular object is considered art. For example, a bowl of fruit would be appreciated in America as much as it would be in Egypt, although both cultures could equally claim to have invented the bowl. Aesthetic theories also consider that beauty is dependent upon the observer, that what may be beautiful to you may not be beauty to me, and that beauty can be learned. Aesthetic theories consider that beauty is a mental construct and that one can learn to appreciate beauty in different situations.
In terms of understanding the beauty across time and space, philosophers have suggested that beauty exists in nature, and that it is an essential characteristic of living things. Aristotle argued that the essential characteristic of a thing is its form and that beauty is a form defined by comparison to other things. Aristotle argued that all things have a form, and therefore all things are beautiful. However, some disagree with Aristotle’s view that beauty is an essential characteristic of all things and they think that beauty exists independent of the form of things.
According to some, beauty is the only quality that we can truly measure and define. Others argue that beauty is something that only humans can perceive or know about; that there is no way to really know beauty. Descartes argued against this idea saying that beauty is a mental reality, and that physical beauty exists independent of human perception. Descartes went on to say that it is a fact of our brains that the skin deep is more beautiful than the outer skin.
With the advent of the internet and technology, we are now able to connect with others around the world and share our opinions and views on beauty. Internet users who post their ideas on the internet can share their thoughts on beauty through various mediums such as blogs, forums, and social media websites such as Facebook. Internet users can participate in online conversations, create new online friendships, and even search for beauty products, trends, and reviews related to beauty.
In our present day society, beauty is often associated with one’s economic class, culture, and gender. There are beauty stereotypes that are prevalent in our media, and beauty norms which may vary depending on culture and religion. It is important to consider these factors when defining beauty because beauty should not be equated to one’s sex, and should instead be equal to one’s appearance.