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Kelley Rubben Dr Marck L Beggs Director MLA Program Admissions Essay January 6 2001 What is Artistic Beauty From the beginning of time men and women have scrutinized categorized and compared components of their surroundings in an attempt to better understand their world In the Bibles Genesis account Adam seemingly in appreciation of Eves uniqueness and beauty poetically proclaims her bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called woman for she was taken out of manGen 223 NIV Much later artists writers and philosophers have sought to understand beauty balance and perfection -- the sublime Their struggle to define perfection and to set standards of beauty was termed aesthetics or the science of the beautiful in 1753 by German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten Baumgarten was considered the first modern philosopher to approach the question of beauty systematically introducing the term aesthetics and defining the experience of beauty as the sensory recognition of perfection Danto 1 The works of his contemporary Immanuel Kant express the notion that beautiful objects are without a specific purpose and that judgments of beauty are not expressions of mere personal preference but rather universal Similarly Encarta defines aesthetics as A branch of philosophy concerned with the essence and perception of beauty and ugliness dealing with the question of whether such qualities are objectively present in the things they appear to qualify or whether they exist only in the mind of the individual hence whether objects are perceived by a particular mode the aesthetic mode or whether instead the objects have in themselves special aesthetic qualities Philosophy also asks if there is a difference between the beautiful and the sublime Danto 1 However even with a definition at hand arriving at a consensus on precisely what constitutes beauty and perfection is nearly impossible Ultimately beauty is in the
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