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Aestheticsis the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature andappreciation ofart,beautyandgood taste. It has also been defined as "criticalreflectionon art, culture and nature"Likepaintingand sculpture,architecturecan be considered a visualartto which the philosophy ofaestheticscan be applied. However, this application ofaestheticstobuildingsandarchitectureiscomplicated by the physical requirements of thebrief,budget,structure,regulations, climate,weather, and so on, meaning thatbuilding designis driven byformandfunctionas well asaesthetics.Aestheticsis the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature andappreciation ofart,beautyandgood taste. It has also been defined as"critical reflectionon art, culture and nature". Theword"aesthetics"derives from theGreek"aisthetikos", meaning "of sense perception".Along withEthics, aesthetics is part ofaxiology(the study ofvaluesandvalue judgments).In practice, we distinguish betweenaesthetic judgments(theappreciation of any object, not necessarily an art object) andartisticjudgments(the appreciation or criticism of a work of art). Thusaesthetics is broader in scope than thephilosophy of art. It is alsobroader than thephilosophy of beauty, in that it applies toanyof theresponses we might expect works of art or entertainment to elicit,whetherpositiveornegative.Aestheticians askquestionslike "What is a work of art?", "What makes awork of art successful?", "Why do we find certain things beautiful?", "Howcan things of very different categories be considered equally beautiful?","Is there a connection between art and morality?", "Can art be a vehicleof truth?", "Are aesthetic judgments objective statements or purelysubjective expressions of personal attitudes?", "Can aesthetic judgmentsbe improved or trained?"In very general terms, it examines what makes somethingbeautiful,sublime,disgusting,fun,cute,silly,entertaining,pretentious,discordant,harmonious,boring,humorousortragic.Aesthetic JudgementsBack to TopBeauty isuniversalbutaesthetic value can bediscriminate at anintellectuallevel, as thetastedepends uponcultural backgroundandeducation. These aesthetic judgments

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