Aesthetic Identity, Well-Being, and the Right to Beauty

By Per Bauhn.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In this essay I will argue that beauty is an important part of human well-being. Not only may experiences of beauty contribute to physical and mental recuperation, but beauty also figures importantly in our conceptions of ourselves and our natural and social environment. Relating ourselves to norms of beauty and evaluating our environment from the point of view of its (lack of) beauty, we form ourselves aesthetic identities that are also important aspects of our self-esteem. Given the importance of beauty to human well-being, and given that an argument can be given for a right to well-being, the conclusion of this essay will be that there is also a right to beauty.

Keywords: Aesthetic Identity, Beauty, Well-Being, Rights

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.71-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.255MB).

Prof. Per Bauhn

Professor, Practical Philosophy, Human Sciences, Kalmar University College, Kalmar, Sweden

I am a professor of practical philosophy with my main interests in moral and political philosophy. I have published monographs (in English) on ethical aspects of political terrorism, on nationalism and morality, and on the value of courage. I have recently begun a work on normative identity, which will include aesthetic, political, cultural, and religious norms and values and how they function as criteria for meaningful choices for individual agents as well as for collectivities.

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