Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment aims to analyze the notion of a judgment of beauty or a judgment of taste. There is a basic dichotomy between two opposed sets of features that Kant explores through his various characterizations of judgments of beauty. On one hand, judgments of beauty are based on feeling (the object is not subsumed under the concept of a purpose that it is supposed to satisfy). On the other hand however, judgments of beauty are unlike judgments of the agreeable in not involving desire for the object. So what does it mean to make a pure aesthetic judgment of the beautiful?
Actually it is neither. According to Shelley, intellectual beauty is a sudden realization, almost divine, of the splendor and greatness of our natural world. Understanding this concept is the first step the reader must take to understand the poem. As Shelley describes the nature of intellectual beauty in the first and second stanza, it will be important to know that beauty according to Shelley is not the beauty as we know it. As stated earlier, Shelley devotes the first two stanzas, explaining the nature of beauty through similes.
Oscar Wilde’s ‘The picture of Dorian gray was based on the importance of Beauty and aesthetics. Lord Henry claims to value beauty and youth above all else. “But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid.” Here Henry talks about his belief that everything that matters shows itself in appearance.
To be content with a minimum of worries is as close to absolute happiness as a person can come. For myself, I believe that true happiness is an illusion. I believe in the desire-driven theory of happiness. When I find the need for the illusion of happiness, I attempt to achieve it by fulfilling my temporary needs through the gratification of my immediate desires. I find that contentment and the drive to continue to achieve my desires is much more important than the illusion of happiness.
Good is happiness, but people may disagree over what constitutes happiness. Common people may equate happiness with sensual pleasure while other say that receiving honors is the greatest good. We are more concerned on being good then knowing or clarifying what it is. Happiness is the highest good because we choose happiness. Whatever you consider happiness, as it is still the end goal.
In Civilization and Its Discontents (Ch. 2), Sigmund Freud argues that happiness is routed in two basic ideas: the first having to do with no pain and the other having to do with pleasure. Along with his idea of what the root of happiness is, he also describes multiple ways this happiness can be attained. Freud states that love and beauty are both means of achieving happiness. Although love and beauty cannot completely prevent all worldly suffering, they both offer a powerful explanation that can help an individual determine the true meaning of their life.
This can be very unhelpful if one is trying to calm and clarify the mind. For these reasons, the Buddha advocated a careful but realistic attitude towards pleasure. He advised us to `see the satisfaction in sense pleasures, the danger of them and the escape from them' and to develop a healthy means between sensual indulgence and extreme asceticism. The Buddha also encouraged us to see that there is a higher and more refined pleasure than that produced by the stimulation of the senses. He said: `If a person were to say ß this is the highest pleasure and happiness beings can experience I would disagree with him'.
But I have come to the conclusion that it is more of a personal understanding rather than straight examples. Another common phrase associated with beauty is, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". This statement holds so much truth because not everyone sees the same beauty. The definition of beauty by dictionary.com is, "the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc. ), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest)".
After a while he will understand that real beauty comes from the mind, not from the body. He will then come to appreciate and love those who are beautiful in mind, whether they are beautiful in body or not.
Love can be false or a lie, but if it is beautiful love, then it is also true. The poet enhances readers understanding of the values beauty and truth by illustrating in his poem how truth can be found through beauty. When the speaker in the poem talks about how he wishes love were like rain, he is exemplifying truth. Typically truth is something that is logical and that can be proven, but in this case truth is not something that is logical. Love is not logical, but it is still true.