Aesthetic Taste

An encyclopedia entry by Michael Spicher: Aesthetic Taste. This article explores some early foundations for later theories of taste in the ancient and medieval worlds. The largest section of this essay emphasizes what has been called the century of taste, the 18th century. Many of these philosophers are lesser known. Then, it delves into the … Continue reading Aesthetic Taste

The Rising Stairs of Beauty

One goes always upwards for the sake of this Beauty, starting out from beautiful things and using them like rising stairs. - Plato, Symposium, 211c In the Summer 2017 issue of ArchitectureBoston, Michael Spicher presents some philosophical reflections on striving for beauty, even though we may not have a perfect definition of it. For the article … Continue reading The Rising Stairs of Beauty

The Frivolity of Beauty?

We often think of beauty in terms of 'nice', like it's something nice to have. But, we continue, it isn't really necessary. It's something that we add to our lives, if and only if everything else is in order. We have occasion to experience beauty during times of stress, but this is surely only accidental. … Continue reading The Frivolity of Beauty?