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What is the Philosophy of Beauty and Art?

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What is art and what is beauty? I really need help with this subject. Are there any principle issues within this subject, if so what, who are the major contributors relating to this.

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The branch of philosphy that deals with art and beauty is called Aesthetics. This word is derived from Greek root meaning sense or sensation. For example, one dictionary defines beauty as "the qualities that give pleasure to the senses." When we look at something, judge something to be beautiful, ugly, funny, cute, etc., we use our senses to come to such a decision.
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