The term beauty has been used by many cultures throughout history to describe a combination of qualities, including form, colour, texture, weight, and shape. While the word itself is a simple statement, the concepts surrounding it are complex, and the idea of beauty in art can be controversial. Nevertheless, the concept has its place in the cultural lexicon, especially in relation to its role in society.

In the ancient world, thinkers tended to look for beauty in things like form, symmetry, and color. This is particularly true in the context of architecture, which often is a composition of symmetrical lines and angles. It is also a common practice in abstract art to achieve a sense of beauty through the use of colors.

Several philosophers, from Aristotle to Kant, have offered their interpretations of the concept of beauty. Some have argued that the concept of beauty is a combination of the aesthetic and the functional, while others have emphasized the subjective. However, no single theory of beauty has been able to fully explain the concept, and its importance to human life.

The classical definition of beauty is the relationship between the parts of an object, and the overall whole. While this is not the only definition, it is the one that has been widely cited.

A more recent conception, the hedonist version, takes the notion of beauty and applies it to the context of pleasure. According to this model, an object is considered beautiful when it has certain qualities such as symmetry and a loving attitude. These qualities, in the hedonist’s view, are important factors in determining whether an object is worth pursuing or not.

Unlike the classical conception, which treats beauty as a matter of proportions, hedonists define beauty in terms of value and pleasure. Hedonists equate symmetry with beauty, because symmetry is considered a sign of beauty for two reasons: first, it can be seen in the object itself, and second, it has a special meaning to the person enjoying the pleasure.

Another example of the aforementioned symbiosis of form and function is the famous quote from Socrates that says, “All that we use is good.” Although this is an adage attributed to many thinkers, it is the hedonic version of the old adage.

In the twentieth century, the focus on beauty in the arts and literature was replaced by a more practical goal, and it became a subject of moral and political critique. Beauty became associated with capitalism and the aristocracy, which led to its discrediting. As a result, it was left to be the domain of the marginalised, and the arts subsequently abandoned its traditional role as a central goal of the arts.

The concept of beauty is still an important component of politics, and its importance has been contested over the centuries. Despite its importance, the idea has been omitted from many discussions of the human experience, and in particular from the discussions of race and gender. During the twentieth century, the issue was largely ignored by the social justice movements of the time.