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Beauty: that something is beautiful expresses the positive evaluation of a sensory experience. For example, nature, fragrances, sounds and human emotions are perceived as beautiful. In the field of art, judgments about what is to be regarded as beautiful are subject to greater fluctuations or historical developments than in the sphere of natural perception. This need not be interpreted as evidence of subjective arbitrariness. Rather, judgments change with increasing knowledge. See also aesthetics, art, works of art, perception, judgments.
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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Thomas Aquinas on Beauty - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 490
Beauty/Thomas/Gadamer: (...) the beautiful [is] to be determined in relation to recognition, the good is to be determined in relation to desire(1).
Gadamer I 491
Beautiful is the sight in which desire comes to rest: cuius ipsa apprehensioplacet. Beauty adds, beyond being good, a reference to the power of knowledge: addit supra bonum quemdam ordinem ad vim cognoscitivam.
Appearance: the "appearance" of the beautiful appears here like a light that shines over the formed: lux splendens supra formatum.
Gadamer: We try to detach this statement again from the metaphysical context of the forma doctrine by relying once again on Plato. >Beauty/Plato.


1. Thomas Aqu. S. Th. I q.5,4


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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