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Question posted on October 23, 2014; 1 response
Are 'dangerous' and 'aesthetically ugly' one and the same thing? I read somewhere once, that arachnophobia evolved as a defence mechanism against dangerous spiders. Even though most spider species are harmless, this evolved response is still there, as it is...
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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I just finished watching SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and it was easily amongst the top five of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. I use the word "beautiful" because any other superlatives like "great" doesn't seem...
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Question posted on May 22, 2014; 2 responses
Can being constantly surrounded by ugly things and people ruin own's sense of the aesthetic? Conversely, can constantly being surrounded by beautiful things and people ruin own's sense of the aesthetic?...
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Question posted on May 8, 2014; 1 response
dear sir/ madam i have studied aesthetic at university, but i would like to work on aesthetics for kids at elementary school and students of high school. i would really appreciate it if you could help me with this case and...
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Question posted on April 25, 2014; 1 response
Are all beautiful paintings good paintings?...
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Question posted on November 21, 2013; 1 response
If an environment, or just a very secluded 'biome' was artificially produced would it still be considered 'beautiful'? Even considering that this particular secluded artificial environment had a perfectly in sync ecosystem, was self-sustaining, and never tired of resources for...
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Question posted on November 7, 2013; 1 response
what is the reason or purpose for us differentiating between beautiful and ugly....
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Question posted on October 31, 2013; 1 response
are we programed to respond favorably to those subjects that we consider beautiful, rather than considering them unappealing. I imagine if we did not have positive responses to things we consider beautiful, it would make our lives extremely...
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Question posted on October 17, 2013; 1 response
why is it that we see sunsets, mountains, life forms, geological formations, etc. and consider them to be beautiful. ...
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Question posted on August 15, 2013; 1 response
Hi, I don't know if you can help me, by here goes anyway. What does it mean to be Disturbed by Beauty. Can a philosopher answer this, or would I be better off asking a shrink, priest or mystic? Kind regards Pasquale...
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Question posted on June 20, 2013; 1 response
If we assert that aesthetic experience has no definable cognitive component what makes it an important subject of philosophical interest? ...
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Question posted on March 7, 2013; 1 response
In his response to an earlier question about physical beauty, Nicholas D. Smith responded: "Unfortunately, a lot of good-looking people are not very beautiful in any way other than the way they look." Though there might be some rare exceptions...
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Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
Can Darwinian science explain the uncanny fact that a crow both looks and sounds ugly whereas as a prettier bird makes a prettier song? What possible purpose could such an aesthetic unity serve and why would humans be able to...
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Question posted on June 7, 2012; 1 response
Can aesthetic claims be falsified?...
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Question posted on May 31, 2012; 1 response
It is hard to believe that aesthetical value is objective. Whatever you choose as the most beautiful person, sunset or painting, it seems easy to imagine an appropriate alien who would find it ugly or uninteresting. My question is whether...
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Question posted on November 12, 2011; 1 response
Hello Philosophers. My question regards to the philosophy of art. Were there any other philosophers that outlined essential criteria relating to beauty or other ways of critiquing an artwork like Kant had the 4 criteria for beauty. Thanks Callum, 16....
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Question posted on November 3, 2011; 1 response
I am very interested in the idea of aesthetics as a spiritual phenomenom. Spirituality for me is not something limited to one religion. I recently bought the Routledge companion to Aesthetics and I also have a collection of academic essays...
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Question posted on October 20, 2011; 1 response
The phrase "inner beauty" is often used in popular writing. Is there a philosophical line of thought about what inner beauty is. In other words, do some philosophers maintain that there is a sort of beauty inside a thing that...
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Question posted on September 9, 2011; 1 response
What are the main issues in aesthetics? From superficially browsing the internet, it would seem that most of the debate centers around the question of what counts as art; surely an entire branch of philosophy can't be built on...
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Question posted on September 7, 2011; 1 response
Is it possible for an action or an event to be beautiful? If so, what does this descriptor mean? Are we appealing to the same aesthetics we are when judging works of art, or objects?...
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