There’s also “taste” or aesthetic sophistication (fashion sense?), but I think you can have either without the other.
To appreciate something in this way is to find something delightful/admirable in how it confronts your senses: not for what it represents (e.g. an important work in its field), or what it can do for you, or what its exchange value might be. A piece of machinery might be beautiful because of its elegant design and the interplay of its forms, independently of how it is also an item of utility or a valuable piece of merchandise.
- lack of taste
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
Notes and links¶
- “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ―Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
- “If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down” ―Thoreau