Definition of aesthetics in English:

aesthetics

(US esthetics)

plural noun

  • 1usually treated as singular A set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty.

    • ‘A butterfly's wing is a uniquely visual exhibition, not only of the aesthetics of nature, but of the machinery of evolution.’
    • ‘Chartres new luminosity and stained-glass windows illustrate a second principle of medieval aesthetics.’
    • ‘There is a lack of overarching concern for aesthetics or consistency that runs deep within our political infrastructure.’
    • ‘Mindful of public aesthetics and my reputation, I put the garage door down first.’
    • ‘Blue skies are a natural phenomena; principles of aesthetics and design are not.’
    • ‘The extended chokes especially are popular with clay-target shooters - and hunters less concerned with aesthetics.’
    • ‘Concerns over health and esthetics motivated this campaign.’
    • ‘The addition of these trees to the school grounds will enhance the aesthetics of the landscape.’
    • ‘But how many of us have ever appreciated the aesthetics of the underground terrain as we go from here to there?’
    • ‘Thanks again for what you are doing to contribute to an appreciation of aesthetics.’
    • ‘They have a much greater appreciation of aesthetics.’
    • ‘This does not mean that aesthetics is irrational - see above.’
    • ‘However, real ‘urban design’ is not a matter for any profession and is not merely concerned with aesthetics.’
    • ‘‘Physical fitness concerns itself more with aesthetics and appearance,’ he says.’
    • ‘The politics of representation are often a detriment to the appreciation of aesthetics.’
    • ‘I spend less in the rooms and more in the common spaces, where wear and aesthetics are a concern.’
    • ‘I also appreciated the aesthetics of the heat sink.’
    • ‘However she admits it is necessary to have an appreciation of aesthetics as well as the technical skills.’
    • ‘Appreciation of conventional cinema aesthetics, among both filmmakers and their intended audience, may be naïve or limited.’
    • ‘This eternal reality may be God, it may be eternal principles of justice or aesthetics, or it may be the ultimate laws of nature.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of philosophy which deals with questions of beauty and artistic taste.
      • ‘It simultaneously reconstructs philosophical aesthetics, especially that of Kant and Hegel, from the perspective of modern art.’
      • ‘Officially, this means a doctorate in philosophy, specifically in aesthetics.’
      • ‘An absolute answer is impossible, as it is basically a question of aesthetics.’
      • ‘His 1829 essay on Kant's aesthetics won the Prussian royal prize in philosophy.’
      • ‘Has no one heard of Schopenauer or the philosophy of aesthetics?’
      • ‘In keeping with the conception of philosophy mentioned above, aesthetics was thought of as meta-criticism.’
      • ‘They can also be read together to form a view of Kant's theory of aesthetics and teleology.’
      • ‘The desirability of the effects and the legitimacy of the causes are questions left to esthetics, psychology, and moral philosophy.’
      • ‘I have always wanted to use that fun quote since taking a philosophy course of aesthetics years ago.’
      • ‘Under his treatment, ethics, sociology, aesthetics, and religion become a part of the history of the Absolute.’
      • ‘In Hegelian aesthetics, the sacred art of the sublime can only be the art of poetry.’
      • ‘Presumably, he intended follow up his ethical investigations with respective treatises on epistemology and aesthetics.’
      • ‘Additionally, he wrote extensively on aesthetics, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of language.’
      • ‘He is the first in particular to distinguish, perhaps too sharply, between aesthetics and the philosophy of art.’
      • ‘We teach many things, but mostly I teach aesthetics, philosophy of the image.’
      • ‘Richard's own work synthesizes and elaborates upon this eclectic mix of aesthetics, philosophy, and area studies.’
      • ‘Or is it an aesthetic philosophy as distinct from a philosophical aesthetics, such as Adorno's Aesthetic Theory?’
      • ‘His art is wonderfully representative of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics.’
      • ‘Is Nietzsche the one who first articulated the apollonian v. dionysian split in aesthetics?’
      • ‘He constructed a system which embraces metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, ethics, and the meaning of life.’

Pronunciation

aesthetics

/iːsˈθɛtɪks//ɛsˈθɛtɪks/