A Theory of Beauty

Beauty is often defined as the aesthetic quality of certain objects that make those objects aesthetically pleasing to see. These objects come in many forms such as nature, humans, landscapes and works of art. Beauty, along with art and fashion, is the most significant topic of aesthetics, one of the most important branches of philosophy. The term ‘person’ is often used in conjunction with beauty; ‘view’ is used to describe an object viewed from the eye, and ‘quality’ refers to the aesthetic quality or ‘effect’ of that object.


The beauty-beauty dichotomy is used by many philosophers to support their theoretical outlook on the nature of reality. According to the character Expressionist philosophy, beauty is the only function of real, practical-fact in the universe. According to this school of thought, the only thing that is existent in the external world besides human beauty is the physical appearance of things. According to the character-expressionist theory, the only thing that exists at the level of feeling is the physical appearance of things, and there is no other meaning or purpose behind the existence of things.

In recent years, some scholars have argued that the character-expressionist school of thought constitutes an outmoded model of beauty, which inappropriately associates facial attractiveness with social status or elite ideals of beauty. By contrast, some current theories in the field of psychological science to propose that there are distinct innate psychological characteristics of physical attractiveness that are left over from the evolutionary history of human beings. According to this school of thought, human beauty exists irrespective of cultural differences and is independent of genetic relatedness.