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What is Aesthetics?

Aesthetics (the plural form of aesthetic) is derived from the Greek word aisthetikos, from aisthefa, meaning things perceptible by the senses. In the 18th century aesthetics became a branch of philosophy. The German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-62) first used the word in his Reflections on Certain Matters Relating to Poetry of 1735. Then, in 1750, Baumgarten entitled an unfinished treatise Aesthetica.

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Today, the word "aesthetic" is frequently encountered in its negative form: "anaesthetic", which refers to a substance that induces an absence of sensation and an inability to feel pain.

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