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see aestheticsaesthetics
, the branch of philosophy that is concerned with the nature of art and the criteria of artistic judgment. The classical conception of art as the imitation of nature was formulated by Plato and developed by Aristotle in his Poetics,
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(sometimes US), esthetics
1. the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc.
2. the study of the rules and principles of art
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By locating esthetics as important to Levi-Strauss's anthropology, Wiseman can also argue that Levi-Strauss has something to offer to esthetic theory.
Extrusion of her maxillary laterals and canines was attempted to achieve the esthetic alignment of the maxillary anteriors.
Morag Currin is the author of Oncology Esthetics: A Practitioner's Guide, founder of Health Challenged Esthetics, and international director and trainer of the Morag Currin Method of Oncology Esthetics.
I would recommend Homemade Esthetics not only to those with a genuine commitment to art but also to anyone for whom a genuine commitment to the political in art starts with distrust of art-world politics.
To claim that Still/Here represents a monstrous conflation of the existential condition of the person with AIDS and the esthetic conventions that determine his or her "identity" as an actor in an AIDs-related performance is barely credible from a critic of such sophistication and experience.
Put differently: between the plight of the technocratic instrumentality of Modernism and the fascist fatalities of the de Chirico legacy, a post-Modern esthetic had to be developed that resisted both--the spectacularization of cultural memory just as much as the sudden congruence between techno-scientific avant-garde paradigms and corporate design.
For now, though, this upheaval in her esthetic indicates Benglis' need to strip away the ruffles and flourishes that have placed her among America's most significant sculptors of the past few decades, to strip her work down to some core motifs, to Ur-gestures that try to do justice to the intense panoply of nature.
The revolutionary product that results from this sophisticated technology requires no hand-modification, yet combines in a single product excellent esthetic outcomes, ease of use and higher profitability than is possible using traditional protocols and products.
Finally, the viewer is left wondering whether esthetics can lay claim to truth and knowledge.
He discusses the impact of dental esthetics on quality of life; facial esthetics; the composition of an esthetic and functional dentoalveolar gingival unit or periodontal restorative interface, which takes into account the periodontal health of the bone, gingiva, interdental papillae, teeth, and biological space; treatments for gingival recession and tooth deficiencies, including implantation; and periodontal and implant treatment, such as crown lengthening procedures and connective tissue grafts.