Essentials of Beauty

Beauty is commonly defined as a mental attitude of certain persons that makes these persons pleasurable to see. Such persons can be humans, nature, works of art and landscapes. Beauty, along with aesthetic taste and knowledge, is the most important theme of aesthetics, among the major branches of aesthetic philosophy. The word ‘style’ can also be used in this context. In aesthetics, style is used to refer to a particular quality in an object that appeals to the aesthetic senses of a person.


Beauty has sometimes been called the ideal of beauty, for it is believed that beauty is something that appeals to the highest level of the mind. According to some philosophers, there are two types of beauty: the subjective beauty of an object, and the objective beauty of an object. The former is more appropriate for aesthetic appreciation, while the latter is more appropriate for a scientific view of beauty. However, the philosophy of beauty does not regard beauty as an abstract quality, but rather a concrete one, dependent upon the attitudes of the beholder.

We can say that beauty is our personal feeling of being pleasant or beautiful in some way. Aesthetic appreciation is therefore necessarily connected with the desire to be pleasing to the one who views us. Beauty has also been associated with a number of other sentiments such as fear, anger, joy, anticipation, honesty, respect, lust, and desire. Beauty is therefore seen as an attitude or mental state, a mental state that one has to possess in order to be a fully fledged beauty. A beautiful body may be a beauty but will only be a beauty if the beholder sees it as beautiful. Therefore, we can conclude that beauty is our personal assessment of ourselves, which depends largely on our own judgment.