Hello to All!
With this post, I think it’s time to switch gears from relgion and education to something . . . . . . different, you could say. Sometimes, good ideas for blog posts come from people who you’d never thought could provide such ideas for you. In this case, I got the idea for this post from a Biology student who decided, for whatever reason, to lay out his distinction between someone being “hot” and “beautiful.”
Yes, this post will focus on Aesthetics. As much as “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” I still was interested in finding your take on this distinction, as I found it to be surprisingly interesting.
Here’s how he laid things out. In saying that someone was “hot,” the student (who I’ll just call John Doe since I don’t recall his name) said that this was an indication of an erotic attraction, something akin to viewing someone as “sexy.” John’s interaction with that person would be limited to a level reflective of this stimulus (though I won’t go into any further details — you guys can use your imaginations for this one).
On the other hand, if he viewed someone as “beautiful,” then he was indicating a desire to “paint their picture” (his words, not mine) and share it with this. This was supposed to be a signal that he wanted the beautiful person to know how he saw their beauty, and to allow the two of them to reflect on this conception.
It’s surprising to me that beauty could be defined in terms of art, or in the want to conduct in an art activity, as it raises the question of whether the “beautiful” person could see what the painter wants to show.
And it’s also interesting to me that “hot” necessarily equates to some form of erotic attraction. Why couldn’t it associate with “beauty”? Is this just a matter of psychology, or is there something in Philosophy of Language that could sort this out?
What do you guys think of all this?
George (“The Meager Weakling”)