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Poll: Is Beauty Objective?

There is massive disagreement about the ontology of beauty. For many today, beauty is merely in the eye of the beholder. For others, beauty is an objective reality. I’ve thought a lot about this over …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: The Sublime (Day 9)

Bierstadt Looking Down Yosemite Valley

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Kant’s distinctions about the sublime, and, in fact, the two forms of sublime Mathematical and Dynamical, are extremely nuanced and cannot be fully addressed here. But, there are some …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: Disgust (Day 8)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  If ugly is the ontological opposite of pretty then disgust may be the ontological opposite of beauty. Kant closely ties the concepts of disgust and ugly. However, while Kant …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: The Beautiful (Day 7)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Historically beauty and aesthetics go hand in hand. The question of beauty is the primary question of aesthetics. In the Thomist tradition, beauty is considered a transcendental with concepts …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: The Ugly (Day 6)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Ugly is the ontological opposite of pretty and fills the other side of the Sensual Axis. Where pretty causes sensual delight, the ugly causes sensual discomfort. This is relatively …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: Kitsch (Day 5)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Kitsch Kitsch is often very clearly linked with the pretty. Certainly, that is the case with the work of Kinkade. Roger Scruton says, “The world of kitsch is a …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: Axis Theory (Day 3)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Axis Theory The Axis Theory takes cues from historic conceptions of the sublime and the beautiful, especially Kant, and seeks to harmonize those terms with contemporary usage and my …

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10 Days of Aesthetics: Continuum Theory (Day 2)

*Read this series from the beginning.*  Continuum Theory For most people today there is a continuum of aesthetic ranking. Thomas Leddy addresses this paradigm in his work on Everyday Aesthetics.[1] There are many terms that …

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