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Aesthetics Research Lab

Details that Matter

Michael Bond has written a piece for the BBC discussing the hidden ways that architecture can affect our well-being. Drawing from current studies from neuroscience and psychology, Bond examines how small details on buildings can have a big affect on... Continue Reading →

Aesthetic Influence on Evolutionary Biology

Richard Prum (William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University) released a new book called The Evolution of Beauty. Perhaps, there is an aesthetic component to evolution? Philosopher Alva Noë reviews this book here.

The Rising Stairs of Beauty

One goes always upwards for the sake of this Beauty, starting out from beautiful things and using them like rising stairs. - Plato, Symposium, 211c In the Summer 2017 issue of ArchitectureBoston, Michael Spicher presents some philosophical reflections on striving for... Continue Reading →

The Aesthetics of Business

An aesthetic judgment, according to John Dobson, consists of five elements: disinterest, subjectivity, inclusivity, contemplativity, and internality. In his article "Aesthetics as a Foundation for Business Activity" (2007, Journal of Business Ethics), Dobson explains how businesses today need to consider aesthetics... Continue Reading →

Beauty as an Indicator in Physics

“One goes always upwards for the sake of this Beauty, starting out from beautiful things and using them like rising stairs.” -Plato, Symposium, 211c Einstein, defending his theory of general relativity, claimed that it was too beautiful, so it could... Continue Reading →

Emily Brady’s The Sublime in Modern Philosophy

THE SUBLIME IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY: AESTHETICS, ETHICS, AND NATURE. By Emily Brady. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. Xi+227. Hard Cover $72.00, ISBN: 9780521194143. People commonly refer to pleasurable experiences of nature as experiences of beauty. Sometimes, however, beauty does... Continue Reading →

Engineering Aesthetics: Beautifying Practical Solutions

Engineering, we might think, is simply the application of math and science to solve practical problems. However, there exists an intimate connection with aesthetics. Rolf Faste—in his article "The Role of Aesthetics in Engineering"—mentions that the word 'aesthetics' has its... Continue Reading →

Three Design Conditions of Thomas Aquinas

The concept of design entered new arenas in contemporary society. Design in traditional fields, like architecture, has clearly changed as exemplified by modern architectural feats. But design has also entered areas that didn't even exist years ago, like web design. With new developments... Continue Reading →

The Frivolity of Beauty?

We often think of beauty in terms of 'nice', like it's something nice to have. But, we continue, it isn't really necessary. It's something that we add to our lives, if and only if everything else is in order. We... Continue Reading →

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