An Introduction to the Philosophy of Beauty

Beauty is often defined as a subjective feeling attached to beautiful objects that make those objects enjoyable to perceive. Such objects may include sunsets, landscapes, humans and artistic works of art. Beauty, along with individual personality, is the most important subject of aesthetics, among the major branches of modern philosophy.


The basis of beauty is symmetry. A symmetrical object has no two parts that are identical in shape or size. A perfect example of symmetry is a round ball. If a baseball were not symmetrical, it would have an odd shape and appear irregular. Most aestheticians consider beauty to be a balance of form and function, thus symmetrical objects have a degree of beauty which is dependent on their visual appeal, their aesthetic value and the observer’s personal preference.

In the modern age, beauty has been associated with the scientific revolution. According to the late Jean Piaget, our perception of beauty evolves according to our ability to differentiate between the subjective experiences of beauty and truth. For example, symmetry makes an object beautiful, but if a straight line were used to draw symmetry then the object would be unbeautful. In the eighteenth century, the French mathematician and philosopher Parmenides argued that there are three essential qualities that make an object beautiful; harmony, proportion and absolute beauty. Beauty then can be thought of as the subjective idea of completeness and wholeness.

What Are Sports And Why Do We Need Them?


What Are Sports And Why Do We Need Them?

Sports are organized competitive games and physical exercises. This is basically the main difference between recreational, leisure or social games. As a venue for competitive competition, sports not only can develop self-confidence, but also can develop the following:

As a recreational activity, sports also can develop physical activities such as jogging, walking, hiking, running or cycling. Sports also teach different skills in different ways. For instance, some sports teach hand-eye coordination, others focus on the body’s movements during a sport, while others concentrate on hitting or throwing the ball. Finally, ‘social’ or team sports teach common goals that will be used to play a specific game. These common goals are also developed through teamwork and commitment to a common goal.

Overall, sports help people develop physically and mentally. For instance, competitive sports, such as football, increase the strength of the heart and lungs; they also improve the coordination of muscles, tendon and ligaments. Furthermore, going to sports allows people to work out their upper and lower bodies. Most people who play sports also do it because they enjoy it – not necessarily to improve their physical fitness level. So, next time you see a ball rolling around on the floor, consider it an important form of exercise.