In this article I’ll discuss some of the more problematic political associations of beauty. Whether it’s associated with race or gender or other aspects, political associations of beauty are a troubling recurring theme in western culture. Yet these associations have largely been ignored by early twentieth-century philosophers and neglected during the social justice movement. This is not to say that political associations of beauty are inconsequential, though. They are, nonetheless, worth addressing.
The first question concerns what constitutes beauty. There are several definitions, but generally, beauty is a combination of qualities that please the eye and aesthetic senses. Aesthetics and physiology are often considered to be factors, but there are many other factors as well. Age, race, gender, body shape, weight, and even popular culture can all influence what is considered beautiful. Here are some of the main factors that define beauty. The beauty of a person can be subjective or objective, and is determined by the individual.
The first question to answer is whether beauty is subjective or objective. Whether beauty is subjective or objective is a lingering question in philosophical aesthetics. In ancient Greece, aesthetics ranked beauty among the highest values. Medieval and nineteenth-century thinkers all considered beauty to be a fundamental value. They have also discussed the nature of beauty in different ways. This article aims to answer that question. We will then move onto the second question.