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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


A esthetics As beauty is a general term representing positive aesthetic value, ugliness is a general term representing negative aesthetic value or aesthetic disvalue. Ugliness is the property of an object eliciting distaste and unappealing feelings. Corresponding to different modes of beauty, there are various modes of ugliness, such as the deformed, ill-placed, or disharmonious. Aesthetic evaluation of an object assesses its beauty and ugliness. Artists, however, can make beautiful depictions of ugly objects, thus using ugliness to reinforce the aesthetic value of the whole. “Beauty, or ugliness, was defined as the character of an object which is such that, in aesthetic contemplation, it yields to the contemplation feelings that are pleasant, or, respectively, unpleasant.” Ducasse, The Philosophy of Art ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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