The Idea of Beauty in Philosophy


In Western philosophy, beauty is one of the most enduring and controversial themes. It is a theme that was present in the work of ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and medieval philosophers as well as in eighteenth-century treatments by thinkers such as Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, Burke, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Santayana.

It is an important topic in Western culture, and it is also a subject of intense debate among theorists and artists. In the past, beauty was treated as an underlying value that can be recognized across cultures or societies (as it has often been in history) but now is generally considered to be a subjective concept.

According to Semir Zeki, a neuroscientist at University College London who studies how people perceive art, there are many factors that go into what makes something beautiful or not. Whether we are talking about music or paintings, symmetry and proportions of an object are important to how we respond to it.

For example, symmetrical faces are more attractive to babies than non-symmetrical ones. It’s thought that the symmetry helps to create a face “prototype,” which we tend to mimic.

Scientists are still trying to understand what makes things and people beautiful. They are also studying how we respond to beauty in different contexts.

Aside from what we see in nature, beauty can be found in the human body as well. Women who are considered to be physically attractive are more likely to get jobs, be hired for higher positions, earn more money, and have better relationships with others than their less attractive peers.

In addition to physical beauty, a person’s inner beauty is also very important in social circles. People with more positive personality traits are perceived as more attractive, and this is especially true for women who are seen as being more independent.

The idea of beauty is derived from the Greek word for “to beautify.” It refers to a quality that can be found in anything that has been crafted with love, whether it is a sculpture, a painting, or even a piece of jewelry.

Although the definition of beauty is sometimes unclear, it can be described as a feeling of pleasure when looking at certain things. Throughout the history of philosophy, there have been many theories about what constitutes beauty, and some of them are more objective than others.

For instance, Plato explains that the beauty of an object is based on its relationship to its parts and symmetry. He cites the philosopher Aristotle who explains that “a thing must have a good and orderly composition.”

It’s hard to know for sure, but the most prominent theory of beauty is the classical conception, which dates from the Renaissance and was adapted in modern times. This approach states that a beautiful object must have the proper ratio of parts and overall symmetry, as well as a pleasing color and a special charm to it.