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10 Days of Aesthetics: The Beautiful (Day 7)

Human Drapery 3 by Jordan Wade. Painting or person with saggy skin on blue ground.

*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)

Painting by Jenny Saville

*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: Axis Theory (Day 3)

Venn diagram for the Axis Theory of Philosophical Aesthetics

*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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