This page features a collection of the best resources on aesthetics. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of aesthetics:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Aesthetic Judgement. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 9000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of aesthetic judgement:
“Beauty is an important part of our lives. Ugliness too. It is no surprise then that philosophers since antiquity have been interested in our experiences of and judgments about beauty and ugliness. They have tried to understand the nature of these experiences and judgments, and they have also wanted to know whether these experiences and judgments were legitimate…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch Philosophy Tube’s Intro to Aesthetics [7:48 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Aesthetics
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