The Concept of Beauty


Many people have a strong view about what constitutes beauty. Some say it is the perfect face, others the perfectly shaped body, and some may include intellectual or emotional qualities in their definition as well. Others consider the whole package of a person to be beautiful, including their attitude towards other people and their sense of integrity. In the end though, it really comes down to what a person sees as beautiful in themselves.

The concept of beauty is one that has fascinated philosophers and other thinkers throughout the ages. The question of whether or not there is an objective standard of beauty or whether it is purely in the eye of the beholder is a debate that has gone on for centuries.

One of the earliest philosophers to address this issue was Plato (427-347 BCE). His view of beauty was different from that of his contemporary Aristotle, in that he considered something to be beautiful only when it satisfied some sort of aesthetic criteria. The criteria that he used were symmetry, order, and balance. Examples of things that would satisfy these criteria are the symmetrical patterns on a butterfly’s wings or the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing against the shore. Interestingly, Plato also included in his list of beautiful objects those that were elegant but had been made for utilitarian purposes. This included items such as cutlery.

Aristotle, on the other hand, took a very subjective view of beauty. He considered an object to be beautiful if it gave pleasure to the senses, especially to the eyes and ears. The pleasure derived from an object could be in the form of admiration, enjoyment, or pleasure at the thought of it. He believed that an individual’s feelings of pleasure were innate, that there was some sort of a natural satisfaction that could be stimulated through the senses.

According to Aristotle, beauty was also defined by the way an object interacted with the other senses. He pointed out that some types of music, such as symphonies or operas, were beautiful because they produced feelings of tension and then relief. He also said that a person was beautiful if he or she was virtuous and morally upright.

Some people have argued that beauty is both objective and subjective because it depends on the emotions of the observer. The opinion of one individual about what is beautiful can differ from another’s, but over time, it has been observed that those with broad experience and knowledge tend to agree on what beauty is.

Women rate happiness, dignity, and humor as powerful components of beauty, whereas men often prefer more traditional physical traits such as skin color, weight and shape, and sense of style. However, there is some evidence that these societal preferences for what is beautiful are changing over time.

If you want your woman to think of you as beautiful, you have to make her feel like all that she ever wanted to be. This can be done by giving her opportunities and complimenting her on her achievements. It also means respecting her decisions, even when she seems to be making a bad one. For instance, if she wants to leave her job, let her do so without making her feel guilty about it.