The Philosophy of Beauty

Beauty is frequently defined as a pleasant feature of things which makes these things enjoyable to see. These things may include sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and unique works of art. Beauty, along with aesthetic sense, is probably the most important area of aesthetics, at least one of the most important branches of contemporary philosophy.


Art and aesthetics have long been regarded as two independent and self-contained domains which, in the broadest sense, are distinct from each other but belong to the same field. The former seeks to reveal the truth in the representational content of objects; the latter strives to reveal the aesthetic reality in the unity of space and time. Both branches of art and aesthetics often draw on the different ways in which beauty manifests itself in the world around us. Aesthetics usually concentrate on how beauty is experienced and the effects on the observer. But aesthetics also has a wider stake in how beauty is constructed and discovered by us. For example, symmetry is used to reveal the aesthetic truth of a landscape or any other visual construction, including the visual aspects of beauty in human interaction.

The symmetrical shape of a human face is considered to be a beauty factor because it increases the perceived size and height of a person. This is the reason why some people consider the face to be more beautiful than others. The symmetrical or balanced aspect of a face, including the eye sockets, the nose and the chin, the hairline and the cheekbones, the width and length of the shoulders, the neck and the chest are all seen as providing evidence of beauty in facial symmetries. It has been established that symmetry and beauty are closely linked, though some say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

The origin of beauty has been linked to evolution, specifically the survival of human life on the planet. According to evolutionary psychology, beauty is a highly important quality in the sense that it is a quality that can be selected and has a genetic basis. This means that symmetrical traits, including those that result in good genes being passed on, are highly attractive. Beauty has also been associated with related traits, such as intelligence, social competence, emotional stability, and personality.

Beauty is also associated with social status. People with good status are considered to be more attractive than those with low status, according to evolutionary psychology. Beauty is also linked to sexual attractiveness, although there are many theories concerning why this is so. In most of these theories, beauty is seen as an internal indicator of the reproductive success of a male. For example, if a man is highly attractive but fails to father children, this might have a significant impact on his ability to procreate and, consequently, his attractiveness and social status.

Facial attractiveness is also seen to be a crucial factor in whether a person mate or not. Research has shown that the face of an attractive person can often be compared to that of a famous movie star or a supermodel. Facial attractiveness has also been linked to levels of fertility. Indeed, research has shown that couples who wish to have children, but lack the ability to have children are more attracted to faces that are physically attractive, including those that are symmetrical, have large eyes, and have well-developed faces. Overall, we can see that the science of beauty has a strong bearing on the way that we view beauty in humans.