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Are "aesthetic experiences" limited to art and music?

The short answer is no. For instance, in a topic dear to me, there is talk of the aesthetics of mathematics. From WP: Mathematical beauty is the aesthetic pleasure typically derived from the ...
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What are some arguments for the golden ratio making things more aesthetically pleasing?

More often than not artists do not give arguments about using the golden ratio, they are sufficiently motivated by the long tradition of singling it out as "golden", which accumulated since ...
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Can art be rated objectively?

Generally when people speaking plainly to share their true opinions(1) say that some piece of art is of high quality, the meaning is that... it is the sort of thing that people generally like it ...
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What did Nietzsche mean by monsters and the abyss?

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." If you engage in any kind of activity, you begin to embrace the viewpoints and facts related to the ...
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Isn't "modern art" kind of discriminating?

And there's no criteria for "ability to draw". Yes there is. It's, do people want to buy it? Consider Outsider Art, and an artist like Jean-Michel Basquiat who was widely disparaged in his ...
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Is this quote from Aristotle's Poetics?

Aristotle, Poetics, 1451b : The real difference is this, that one tells what happened and the other what might happen. For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, ...
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Is art a form of communication?

Beethoven is reported to have said (my emphases added to highlight the connection to the question) When I open my eyes I must sigh, for what I see is contrary to my religion, and I must despise the ...
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Why does my appreciation of female physical beauty tend to be presumed to be sexual?

Firstly, women are not art. Women are people. You are not prohibited from seeing women as art. If you want to examine the female form as art, why not go to an art museum? Or join a life-drawing class?...
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Who has claimed that beauty is order?

Aristotle, in The Poetics, comes to mind. Again, a beautiful object, whether it be a living organism or any whole composed of parts, must not only have an orderly arrangement of parts [beginning ...
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Kant and the ornament

Providing the quote for context So, let us have a look into the text proper. I will provide a full quote of the important part of section 14 (translation and non-academy pagination from the Cambridge ...
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Is art a form of communication?

Communication is merely the act of sharing mental contexts: thoughts, ideas, knowledge, feelings, perceptions, etc... Any human sense can be used as a channel for communication by codifying a mental ...
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What does the philosopher Bruno Latour mean when he claims that we have never been modern?

Welcome, Luna. Interesting topic - how to take Bruno Latour's We Have Never Been Modern, tr. Catherine Porter. Cambridge, Mass.: 1993. An extract from an article by Daniel Clarke Waugh (2001) ...
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Does postmodernism in art criticism collapse into relativism? What's its merit?

I would not say that postmodernism is well-defined in any field and tends to resists such definition. I believe the first applications in criticism were in architecture and simply referred to the ...
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Are "aesthetic experiences" limited to art and music?

Aesthetics is a sufficiently broad term, which in my opinion can by employed in everyday activities. For example, there is a growing number of people who live their lifes as if creating a work of art. ...
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Are "aesthetic experiences" limited to art and music?

Aesthetics permeates everything. All value judgements are on some level aesthetic judgements, because every preference is on some level a choice of what is pleasing over what is displeasing. In the ...
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Is Architecture a Language?

I have yet to see it in an answer presented, but to call architecture a language is just a metaphor. It's simply an implicit comparison, one that does not use "like" or "as". How ...
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Isn't "modern art" kind of discriminating?

Art is artificial, it's something that nature wouldn't create by itself. Which is kinda oxymoronic as we are always also part of nature, so if enough people do it and if it becomes part of our ...
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Do any philosophers describe drama as fundamental to, or the essence of, the human condition?

When I read the topic first, I went straight to SEP to look for resources on Drama. As in the theatrical form. Then I read OP's question more closely and am now aware that they are asking about a ...
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Are there objective criteria for aesthetic judgment?

My personal belief is that there ARE objective aesthetic criteria. But there is no one set of these criteria that is universally, or even widely accepted. There are, however innumerable competing ...
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What are some arguments for the golden ratio making things more aesthetically pleasing?

There are sources to discover the Golden ratio in arts: for instance History of the Golden Ratio or Golden Ratio in Art and Architecture. From what I have learned, possible aesthetical reasons are ...
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Is the laughable person beautiful?

It's an interesting question. It will depend on your underlying theory of humor and aesthetics. I don't know any theory of humor and aesthetics that matches up the humorous person and the beautiful. ...
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What does Danto mean when he writes that artworks are "embodied meanings"?

I am not familiar with Danto's work specifically, and therefore I don't know whether he was trying to distinguish between art and non-art, although I suspect that he would say that stating that a ...
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Are "aesthetic experiences" limited to art and music?

Certainly not. I once saw our Swiss sheppard dog jump out off a thin layer of mist. It was a silent and cold winter night with a full bright Moon. As she jumped up it was a beautiful sight when the ...
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Can the product of creativity always be classified as analogy?

Creativity is possible without analogy. Analogy and analogical reasoning (SEP) require a certain element that is arguably missing in some acts of creativity: An analogy is a comparison between two ...
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Where does Thomas Aquinas give this definition of beauty?

I believe you are looking for Summa Theologica, First Part, Question 5, Article 4, Reply to Objection 1. In the Benziger translation (1920) the passage reads: Beauty and goodness in a thing are ...
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Classical philosophical texts on aesthetics

The "best" according to me... Aristotle Poetics Longinus On the Sublime Immanuel Kant Critique_of_Judgment Hegel Lectures_on_Aesthetics Schiller On the Aesthetic Education of Man https://en....
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How are these statements of truth and beauty related?

Does this mean that the most beauteous we can be when we are filled with alcohol or see the world through the lens of alcohol? Funny. I would say your are accidentally falling into a trap by using ...
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