Beauty ISN’T In The Eye Of The Beholder Just

Creativity is due to recognizing variations and similarities. Recognize patterns which have a certain appeal to us, patterns in which we see beauty. Now it is often said that beauty is subjective. That beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But according to David Bohm in On Creativity, beauty is not purely subjective. He says there’s a more objective part about it. Beauty is not a matter of personal opinion simply, dependent mainly upon the eye of the beholder. It is the consequence of dynamic, evolving processes that consist to be able, structure, and harmonious totalities.

Consequently, Bohm suggests the need for a fresh language in which these procedures are conceived in objective terms, asserting that their coherent interplay results within an aesthetic notion of wholeness that is not strictly subjective. So it is about realizing a certain harmonious totality. Perhaps a certain framework that makes sense to the person.

At best someone who can easily see beyond the concepts. Seeing beyond the static, already known ideas and find out that what lays beneath them. Seeing that, means there can be created other ideas or patterns from that underlying wholeness. Seeing new relationships between things. Such sensitivity to distinctions and similarity enables one to perceive new orders of structure, both in the target world of character and in your brain.

I thought that David Bohm’s views on that are very interesting. A while ago I read something from the philosopher Adorno, that seemed to say something similar about art. The creative art object and the aesthetic connection with the art object include a truth-content. Truth-content is a cognitive content which is not exhausted either by the subjective intentions of its producers or by the subjective responses of its consumers, and which may be revealed through analysis. Whereas Kant conceives of beauty as a subjective experience, Adorno suggests that beauty mediates between subject and object.

It seems that Adorno’s opinion about artwork is different from the philosopher Kant, who says that it’s subjective. Kant says that it’s in the eye of the beholder, while Adorno says that the artobject and the observer collectively will be the truth. That truth part is not the artobject just. And it is not simply the observer also. It is not art in any way Maybe, until the artwork is understood. UPDATE: I have to stick with this just a little longer, as it appears that Kant differentiates between beauty and taste.

Aesthetics is the philosophical idea of beauty. Taste is a result of education and awareness of top notch cultural beliefs; therefore taste can be learned. Taste varies according to class, social history, and education. According to Kant, beauty is objective and universal; certain things are beautiful to everyone thus. The modern view of beauty is not based on innate qualities, but rather on cultural specifics and individual interpretations.

So in my own next post I would better compare the views of Bohm, Adorno and Kant more carefully. Glad you found it fascinating. It really is a subject matter that basically fascinates me too, for a long time already. But only recently I got a better understanding of it, because of placing it into words myself mainly.

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I love this discussion. Thank you. I just hosted a Salon called “What is Beauty” even though a definitive meaning for “Beauty” had not been forthcoming, we all finished the night knowing we’d not want to live without it. I like the idea that “beauty” might be something or some awareness in the space between the observer and the thing or even idea being observed. Your differentiation between taste and beauty is also very interesting. Looking back at the Salon, I see that a lot of what we should were inquiring about was really taste rather than beauty. A post I created recently is called “Beauty Will Save the World”.

It very quickly summarizes a small part of an incredible radio broadcast by the same name. “Beauty Will Save the World” is a quotation by Dostoyevski. Thanks for that, sounds really interesting! Yeah great, a conversation about beauty! A while ago I had one on the music forum and it was just amazing.