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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, does this make it unimportant?

Some of the principal Enlightenment thinkers who regarded beauty as subjective took this very fact to be a reason for applauding the human mind, on the ground that it is praiseworthy and admirable to impute beauty to things. Hume held such a view, and it was central to Francis Hutcheson’s aesthetic theory. They thus made taste a key concept in aesthetics, and incidentally found themselves agreeing with St Thomas Aquinas, another subjectivist, who identified beauty as a form of pleasure.

St Augustine had long before argued…

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