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Outline of aesthetics

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to aesthetics: Aesthetics – branch of philosophy and axiology concerned with the nature of beauty.

                                               

Aesthetic atrophy

Aesthetic atrophy is the diminished capacity to appreciate new or unfamiliar music or other sensory stimuli. It is typically accompanied by the sufferers retreat to familiar and comfortable works.

                                               

Aestheticism

Aestheticism is an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. This meant that art from this particular movement focused more on being ...

                                               

Aestheticization of politics

The aestheticization of politics was an idea first coined by Walter Benjamin as being a key ingredient to fascist regimes. Benjamin said that "fascism tends towards an aestheticization of politics", in the sense of a spectacle in which it allows ...

                                               

African aesthetic

While the African continent is vast and its peoples diverse, certain standards of beauty and correctness in artistic expression and physical appearance are held in common among various African societies. Taken collectively, these values and stand ...

                                               

Afro-Surrealism

Afro-Surrealism or Afrosurrealism is a literary and cultural aesthetic and liberatory framework that seeks to cultivate alternative and expanded ways of knowing and being for Black people. In 1974, Amiri Baraka used the term to describe the work ...

                                               

Aniconism

Aniconism is the absence of material representations of both the natural and supernatural worlds in various cultures, particularly in the monotheistic Abrahamic religions. This ban may extend from only God and deities to saint characters, all liv ...

                                               

Applied aesthetics

Although structural integrity, cost, the nature of building materials, and the functional utility of the building contribute heavily to the design process, architects can still apply aesthetic considerations to buildings and related architectural ...

                                               

Architectural design values

Architectural design values make up an important part of what influences architects and designers when they make their design decisions. However, architects and designers are not always influenced by the same values and intentions. Value and inte ...

                                               

Art and morality

In the PL7, Zio Nirchio Republic, Plato saw the function of the actor as bogus, presenting a dangerous illusion of reality, and masking the truth of existence by the pretence of acting. Aristotle, in The Poetics, saw the role of the actor somewha ...

                                               

Art for art's sake

Art for arts sake is the usual English rendering of a French slogan from the early 19th century, lart pour lart ", and expresses a philosophy that the intrinsic value of art, and the only "true" art, is divorced from any didactic, moral, politic, ...

                                               

Artistic merit

The 1921 US trial of James Joyces novel Ulysses concerned the publication of the Nausicaa episode by the literary magazine The Little Review, which was serializing the novel. Though not required to do so by law, John Quinn, the lawyer for the def ...

                                               

Ashta Nayika

The Ashta-Nayika is a collective name for eight types of nayika s or heroines as classified by Bharata in his Sanskrit treatise on performing arts - Natya Shastra. The eight nayikas represent eight different states in relationship to her hero or ...

                                               

Attractiveness

Attractiveness or attraction is a quality that causes an interest, desire in, or gravitation to something or someone. Attraction may also refer to the object of the attraction itself, as in tourist attraction.

                                               

Authenticity (philosophy)

Authenticity is a concept in psychology as well as existentialist philosophy and aesthetics. In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which an individuals actions are congruent with their beliefs and desires, despite external pressures; t ...

                                               

Beauty (ancient thought)

Beauty for ancient thinkers existed both in form, which is the material world as it is, and as embodied in the spirit, which is the world of mental formations.

                                               

Chess aesthetics

Chess aesthetics or beauty in chess is generally appreciated by both players and composers. This is evident, for example, in brilliancy prizes awarded to some games in certain tournaments and also in the world of chess composition. There are many ...

                                               

Communication aesthetics

Communication Aesthetics was devised by Mario Costa and Fred Forest at Mercato San Severino in Italy in 1983. It is a theory of aesthetics calling for artistic practise engaging with and working through the developments, evolutions and paradigms ...

                                               

Critique

Critique is a method of disciplined, systematic study of a written or oral discourse. Although critique is commonly understood as fault finding and negative judgment, it can also involve merit recognition, and in the philosophical tradition it al ...

                                               

Sara Danius

Sara Maria Danius was a Swedish literary critic and philosopher, and a scholar of literature and aesthetics. Danius was professor of aesthetics at Sodertorn University, docent of literature at Uppsala University and professor in literary science ...

                                               

Depiction

Depiction is reference conveyed through pictures. Basically a picture refers to its object through a non-linguistic two-dimensional scheme. A picture is not writing or notation. A depictive two-dimensional scheme is called a picture plane and may ...

                                               

Ecstasy (emotion)

Ecstasy is a subjective experience of total involvement of the subject, with an object of their awareness. In classical Greek literature it refers to removal of the mind or body "from its normal place of function." Total involvement with an objec ...

                                               

Erotic art

Erotic art is a broad field of the visual arts including any artistic work intended to evoke erotic arousal, usually depicting human nudity and/or sexual activity. It has included works in almost any visual medium, including drawings, engravings, ...

                                               

Everyday Aesthetics

Everyday Aesthetics is a recent subfield of philosophical aesthetics focusing on everyday events, settings and activities in which the faculty of sensibility is saliently at stake. Alexander Baumgarten established Aesthetics as a discipline and d ...

                                               

Evolutionary aesthetics

Evolutionary aesthetics refers to evolutionary psychology theories in which the basic aesthetic preferences of Homo sapiens are argued to have evolved in order to enhance survival and reproductive success. Based on this theory, things like color ...

                                               

Experimental aesthetics

Experimental aesthetics is a field of psychology founded by Gustav Theodor Fechner in the 19th century. According to Fechner, aesthetics is an experiential perception which is empirically comprehensible in light of the characteristics of the subj ...

                                               

Expression (architecture)

Expression in architecture implies a clear and authentic displaying of the character or personality of an individual. The expression is often identified with the architectural movement of Expressionism, whose main starting point and aim is to pre ...

                                               

Eyesore

An eyesore is something that is largely considered to look unpleasant or ugly. Its technical usage is as an alternative perspective to the notion of landmark. Common examples include dilapidated buildings, graffiti, litter, polluted areas, and ex ...

                                               

Feminist aesthetics

Feminist aesthetics first emerged in the 1970s and refers not to a particular aesthetic or style but to perspectives that question assumptions in art and aesthetics concerning gender-role stereotypes, or gender. Feminist aesthetics has a relation ...

                                               

Fictive art

Fictive art is a practice that involves the production of objects, events, and entities designed to support the plausibility of a central narrative. Fictive art projects disguise their fictional essence by incorporating materials that stand as ev ...

                                               

Flying Star Feng Shui

Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui or Xuan Kong Fei Xing By using time, space and objects to create an astrological chart to analyze positive auras and negative auras of a building. These include analyzing wealth, mental and physiological states, su ...

                                               

Gerontissa Gavrielia

Gerontissa Gavrielia, also known as Mother Gavrielia was a Greek Orthodox nun, known for her care of the poor and sick. She was the second woman to be admitted to a Greek university and was a trained physiotherapist prior to taking up her religio ...

                                               

Gesamtkunstwerk

A Gesamtkunstwerk is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so. The term is a German word which has come to be accepted in English as a term in aesthetics.

                                               

Guqin aesthetics

The guqin is a Chinese musical instrument with a long history of being played since ancient times. When the guqin is played, a number of aesthetic elements are involved.

                                               

Historicism

Historicism is the idea of attributing meaningful significance to space and time, such as historical period, geographical place, and local culture. Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized inter ...

                                               

History of aesthetics before the 20th century

Of the later Greek and Roman writers the Neo-Platonist Plotinus deserves to be mentioned. According to him, objective reason nous as self-moving, becomes the formative influence which reduces dead matter to form. Matter when thus formed becomes a ...

                                               

Human physical appearance

Human physical appearance is the outward phenotype or look of human beings. There are infinite variations in human phenotypes, though society reduces the variability to distinct categories. Physical appearance of humans, in particular those attri ...

                                               

Huoheian

Huǒhēiàn is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to serve as the philosophical yang to fengshuis yin. It was originally described as an art of only theoretical use, although it was eventually adopted as the de facto alternative to fen ...

                                               

Indian aesthetics

The theory of rasas still forms the aesthetic underpinning of all Indian classical dance and theatre, such as Bharatanatyam, kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Kudiyattam, Kathakali and others. Expressing Rasa in classical Indian dance form is ...

                                               

Idea art

Idea art is an art form in which small individual idea and not the grand concept or ideologies involved in the work take precedence over generic aesthetic, material and disciplinary concerns. Works of idea art may be in text, found object, 2d, 3d ...

                                               

Index of aesthetics articles

- A Mathematicians Apology - A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful - Abhinavagupta - Abstract art - Abstract Illusionism - Academic art - Acquired taste - Action painting - Aesthetic atrophy - Aesthetic ...

                                               

John Fisher award

                                               

Kitsch movement

Kitsch painting is an international movement of classical painters founded upon a 24 September 1998 speech and philosophy by the Norwegian artist, Odd Nerdrum, later clarified in his book On Kitsch with Jan-Ove Tuv and others. The movement incorp ...

                                               

Marxist aesthetics

Marxist aesthetics is a theory of aesthetics based on, or derived from, the theories of Karl Marx. It involves a dialectical and materialist, or dialectical materialist, approach to the application of Marxism to the cultural sphere, specifically ...

                                               

Masterpiece

Masterpiece, magnum opus or chef-d’oeuvre in modern use is a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a persons career or to a work of outstanding creativity, skill, profundity, or ...

                                               

Maximalism

In the arts, maximalism, a reaction against minimalism, is an aesthetic of excess. The philosophy can be summarized as "more is more", contrasting with the minimalist motto "less is more".

                                               

Medieval aesthetics

Medieval aesthetics refers to the general philosophy of beauty during the Medieval period. Although Aesthetics did not exist as a field of study during the Middle Ages, influential thinkers active during the period did discuss the nature of beaut ...

                                               

Metaphysical aesthetics

Metaphysical concepts relate to the ideas of transcendent and universal elements that surpass the human interactions. They aim to explore notions that humans have yet to comprehend, or have merely touched on in order to provide an understanding o ...

                                               

Modernism

Modernism is both a philosophical movement and an art movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the factor ...

                                               

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