A Brief History of Beauty

Beauty is defined as a subjective aspect of existing objects, which makes these objects pleasant to see. These objects include sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and other works of fine art. Beauty, with art and beauty, is perhaps the most important theme of aesthetic philosophy, among the major branches of contemporary philosophy. The word “beauty” is also related to “ugliness”, which is what some people often perceive in beauty.

Our sense of beauty can be innate or it can be developed through experiences and circumstances. For some people, beauty is an inborn trait that comes naturally and is not enhanced by anything. On the other hand, for others, beauty is a learned and consciously perceived quality which can sometimes be influenced by our environments. Beauty can involve the physical body – such as attractiveness of the face, body and hair – as well as the psychological aspects such as the person’s sense of self-worth, social interaction and confidence. Beauty is thus a broad concept that covers a range of human values and perceptions, and can be a matter of personal preference, whereas beauty can also be a matter of objective appraisal, typically for the purposes of economics or business, where the object of appraisal can be both physical and psychological in nature.

However, the beauty we see in ourselves is a complex phenomenon, having both subjective and objective dimensions. We may say that beauty surrounds us and weighs on our conscious and unconscious decisions about what we choose to do and how we behave. Beauty affects our moods, and can often be a decisive factor in deciding whom we will like and whom we will choose to be friends. Beauty can also determine the success or failure of a mission or a journey, and can be a major or minor motivating factor in making a person happy or miserable. Our experiences in life can shape our perceptions of beauty, and a change of context can cause us to view differently the things that others see.