• Whatever turns you on. And since that does change throughout the world and times, Id like to think it's right
  • Beauty is an aesthetic quality having value. It can be an (1) indefinable property; or (2) a property or set of properties of an object that makes the object capable of producing certain pleasurable experiences; or (3) whatever produces a particular pleasurable experience, even though it may vary from person to person (e.g. "in the eye of the beholder"). Definition (1) cannot be defined conceptually and has to be apprehended by intuition or taste. Definition (2) make necessary to say what properties provide it with this capacity (i.e. order, symmetry, and proportion). Plato argues that the essence of beauty is knowable, rational, and measurable. Certain colors are possessed of intrinsic beauty arousing unmixed pleasure in the perceiver. Further, beauty may be an idea that we are born with, excited by the beautiful properties of objects. Kant says that by analyzing judgments we can explain the nature of beauty. Such judgments refer to the experience of the perceiver; but they are not merely expressions of personal experience; rather, we claim that others should have the same experience and that the same judgment should be made. Such judgments are disinterested, determined not by the perceiver's desires but by the mere appearance of the object. Hence, our own human mental capacities allow us to communicate and share these experiences. Definition (3)suggest that we use the term 'beautiful' because of the pleasure these things give us, and not on the basis of any specific qualities the object has. It is impossible to find any properties common to all of the things we call beautiful. Santayana believed beauty is "pleasure regarded as a quality of a thing," and certain objects should bring pleasure. The Greek term to kalon, did not refer to a thing's autonomous aesthetic value, but to the 'excellence' connected to its moral worth and utility. This is kind of like Kant's notion of dependent beauty, referring to an object possessed by an object as a particular kind of thing, opposed to the free beauty judged simply on the appearance and not in terms of any concepts used.
  • I watched the movie Next last night, this is a quote from it that I feel does justice to beauty: . "There's an Italian painter, named Carlotti, and he uh, ahem, defined beauty. He said it was the summation of the parts working together in such a way that nothing needed to be added, taken away or altered"
  • Sumpm purty.
  • Paul and Peter admonished Christian women to adorn themselves
  • being pretty
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever

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