Posted by: winslie | January 9, 2013

Beauty. A Subjective, Objective Cultural or Sexual Perception

Can nudity be about aesthetics or is it about sexuality?  Some suggest a cultural bias.


Both images convey beauty.  However, I would suggest that one conveys intrigue and the other, gratification invirtuo.

If you are looking at a lovely woman and considering her as a possible sexual conquest, you are not able to experience her beauty in the fullest or purest sense; you are distracted from the form as represented in your experience.
And Shaftesbury, too, localizes beauty to the representational capacity of the mind. (Shaftesbury 1738, 222).

Source: [Link to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article here]

Image source world examiner
Emerald eyes: [The link]. Huge apology as lost it before.
Documentary on BBC2 shown in Dec 2009 “the human face – beauty” 1\6

Matthew Collings explores the concept of beauty in art. Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder, or is there something more universal we can say about it?  The 10 art experiences range right across history, from the prehistoric cave art of the Dordogne to the hi-tech super-modernity of a Norman Foster-designed bridge in southern France, and from some of the indisputable masterpieces of the Renaissance to the much more debatable pleasures of contemporary art. Collings leaps fearlessly across history, making unexpected and revelatory comparisons between the art of different eras, and helping us to see the principles that underlie them.

Collings’s list includes works by Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Magritte, Gauguin and American artist Robert Rauschenberg, amongst others.

Well researched article on What is beauty [Link]

Or If you like Philosophy in micro bites here in Philoso?hy Talk [Link to PhilosophyTalk org]

“Nehamas thinks the world would not be better off because what we find beautiful is a reflection of our personality and individuality.




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