santayana_sense of beauty

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beauty as we have seen, is a value; it can not be conceived as an independent existence which affects our senses and which we consequently perceive. it exists in perception, and can not exist otherwise. a beauty not perceived is a pleasure not felt and a contradiction. [p.29]

beauty…is a value positive,intrinsic, and objectified. Or, in less technical language, Beauty is a pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing.

this definition is intended to sum up a variety of distinctions and identifications which should perhaps be here more explicitly set down. beauty is a value, that is, it is not a perception of a matter of fact or of a relation.:it is an emotion, an affection of our volitional and appreciative nature. an object can not be beautiful if it can give pleasure to nobody: a beauty to which all men were forever indifferent is a contradiction in terms.

beauty is constituted by the objectification of pleasure. it is pleasure objectified. 5