Aesthetics

 The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and value of art objects and experiences. Originally, any activity connected with art, beauty and taste.
 Aesthetics has become more broadly the study of art's function, nature, ontology, purpose, and so on.
 Original meaning: That which pertains to the beautiful - beyond superficial appearance or mere prettiness.
 Sometimes it can mean just 'artistic' or a style.
 See USEFUL GUIDES TO THEORY in Theory - what is it?
 See AESTHETICS (Wikipedia)
 “I don’t care if it’s a lie, as long as it’s entertaining.” - (film) Rashomon (1950)
  'Without criticism, the discoveries effected by art go unnamed.' - Milan Kundera

References (academic)

Townsend, Dabney, An Introduction to Aesthetics, 1997, London: Blackwell

Palmer, Jerry, and Dodson, Mo, Design and Aesthetics. A Reader, 1996 London: Routledge

Carroll, Noël, 2000, 'Art and the domain of the aesthetic', British Journal of Aesthetics, 40 no 2, April, 191-208.

Scruton, Roger, 1997, The Aesthetics of Music, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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