Is Beauty a Subjective Objective?

Beauty is widely defined as the mental aesthetic quality of certain objects, which makes these objects aesthetically pleasing to perceive. Such objects may include sunsets, landscapes, humans, works of art and many other artistic works. Beauty, along with art and beauty, is the most important subject of interior design, one of the most important branches of contemporary philosophy. In fact, an appreciation of beauty and its importance in our lives should now be more than obvious.


One of the foremost questions about beauty which designers and aestheticians seek to answer today is why are some objects aesthetically pleasing to the eye while others are not? The most commonly suggested answer is that beauty is subjective and only possible in the mind of the viewer. Thus beautiful things which seem so to the untrained eye to be beautiful are, in fact, ugly in the eyes of some people who do not have the benefit of looking at the object critically. Another common response to this question is that beauty is subjective because each person chooses what beauty is for him or herself and what beauty is not for other people; thus beautiful things which seem so to a poet or painter may be ugly to another who has not yet read the poem or painting in question.

An emerging response to this question is that beauty is determined by social media because beauty is something that a group or community places a premium on. This line of reasoning begins from the premise that we all share the same mental aesthetic principle, which can be described in terms of unity, contrast, and contrast. The social media user must therefore seek to find her/his unique visual language and aesthetic sense in order to be beautiful, which seems to be an inextricable part of all human beings and their experiences. A third possibility, however, comes from the premise that beauty is a quality of a particular culture, where a group could argue that certain cultures are aesthetically beautiful while other cultures are not. In this way, the debate between the aesthetics of beauty and its social value becomes one between cultures rather than between individuals.