Defining Aesthetics

Critics often use the word “aesthetics” to describe or in a comprehensive view to analyze the beauty that lies in a particular art. Most of the people carry the misconception about the meaning of aesthetics by associating it only with arts and artists and they consider the term as a dignified degree. But actually defining the subject matter of aesthetics is difficult, as every task or activity has its own aesthetic value. All our reactions or acceptances, even our preferences and fancies seem to depend on our aesthetic tastes. Although, aesthetic has its own profound descriptive philosophical variations, in modern sense, it points the branch of philosophy that deals with the taste, art and beauty. In a broader view it also takes the concern of each thing, which plays with the things that appeals to the senses, though every culture and civilization has its own conception about aesthetics depending on the religious notions.

In 1735, Alexander Baumgarten first attributed the term “aesthetics” in modern sense. The word “aesthetic” came from the Greek word “Aisthetikos”(sentient, sense of perception), which was derived from the word “aisthanomai”(sense). Traditionally Aesthetics was being used to mean philosophical pursuits. German philosopher Immanunuel Kant gave this term the explicit aspect. So, it can be said that the acceptance of aesthetics in various usable definitions have flourished in 18th century.

Keeping aside the term used by philosophers, aesthetic has more useful values to describe anything in nature, which appeals to our sense. Philosophical overview outline that aesthetically sufficient things do not mean to appeal everyone. The term aesthetic can significantly be applied to anything seen beautiful from any aspect or any point of view. Though aesthetic is very much related to art but it does not mean whenever we discuss about an art, we are discussing about the aesthetics. It is the psychological barriers that limit our thinking.  Apart from the beauty or ugly, aesthetic points our view to the political and moral experiences. Every civilization depicts its own aesthetic values whether it is subversive or not. An art may serve its aesthetics to some prophets but at the same time it may not have the acceptance to others. On the other hand, same aesthetic experience can give several paradoxical conceptions. We, the common people experience or observe a thing through our intellectuality, which gives the actual conceptual content and that is why, some times an art or creation loses its aesthetical reality. The power of imagination along with the experiences gives the aesthetical outline. So finally, it must be said that, when an art or creation holds some aesthetical values, it does not supply the way of charm sometimes. When some one describes that he have had an aesthetic experience, then he must have gone through a charming and sensational experience.