An Introduction to Philosophy and the Search for the Perfection of Beauty

Beauty is defined as a mental or emotional state characterized by the proportionate balance between a thing’s parts, with an object being judged as beautiful when the sum total of these parts and their attributes increases as the entire picture gets closer to perfection. Beauty is often considered as subjective, something which only the individual sees as beautiful. However, beauty is often found in the works of other people, as well, and it has many aspects which range from physical appearance to cultural norms. Many artists believe in the power of beauty, and some even practice cosmetic surgery as a means of expressing themselves.


Beauty is most commonly defined as a perceived aspect of things that makes these things aesthetically pleasant to see. Such things include sunsets, landscapes, humans and other works of art. Beauty, with aesthetics and other philosophies, is possibly the most important subject matter of aesthetics, among the various branches of fine arts, one of the most important branches of contemporary philosophy. For this reason, many philosophers disagree about the exact nature of beauty; some disagree that beauty exists in the mind, and others disagree that beauty is a subjective quality, needing no definition.

The disagreement over the nature of beauty is widespread among the many philosophers. However, some philosophers have been known to support some forms of the argument for beauty, such as the idea that true beauty exists in the mind. According to this argument, the idea that beauty exists in the mind allows us to enjoy beauty in all its forms, including the aesthetic value of beauty in music, literature and film. For this reason, there are many classical works that are enjoyed by many people worldwide, for their aesthetic value. However, there are many philosophers who do not support this view, claiming that beauty is purely subjective, and that there is no such thing as the aesthetic quality of beauty.