how do you define an aesthetic object? are all of the aesthetic things artistic and aesthetically pleasing?

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how do you define an aesthetic object? are all of the aesthetic things artistic and aesthetically pleasing?

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What? How do you mean ‘define’ an ‘aesthetic object? Aesthetic means “concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty”. I think you might be interpreting that word differently than it’s intended.

Much of aesthetics is deeply ingrained in us. There is some subjectivity, but all of us have an appreciation for pattern, symmetry, color harmony, etc.

Look into the Elements and Principles of Design. A lot of what makes stuff look aesthetic comes from balanced design.

Aestheics concerns the philosophy of beauty, taste, and also art. Aesthetics can also concern the natural world.

With regard to a specific example, asthetic refers to a quality an object possesses rather than a category to which it belongs. As such, anything which can be described in terms beauty or taste can have an aesthetic, not just Art.

The primary meaning of “aesthetic” is the study of why we find find things beautiful.

A secondary meaning may be “beautiful” or “tasteful”, but this isn’t always the same as “artistic”.

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IMO, my girlfriend is (IMHO) beautiful. I could take a photo of her which captures an expression, or light and shade, or a backdrop, and it’s these which are “artistic”.

Picasso’s [Bull’s head](https://www.pablopicasso.org/bull-head.jsp) is art but I wouldn’t class it as aesthetic.

Everyone, please, don’t just guess if you don’t know the answer; OP isn’t asking about the dictionary definition of “aesthetic,” they’re asking about the philosophical concept of an “aesthetic object” as interrogated by Edmund Burke.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/aesthetics/The-aesthetic-object

An aesthetic object, in the sense I think you mean, is our mental image of an object. It’s what we subjectively think that an object is. In the classical example, if we see a white cloth and believe it is a ghost, the white cloth is an object and the ghost is our aesthetic object.

This concept doesn’t have to literally be aesthetically pleasing, no, but it’s generally only a *useful* concept in the context of aesthetically pleasing things, like art.