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1. Terminology

1.1. Definition

Aesthetics (Greek aisthánesthai: “to perceive, notice”; aísthesis: “perception”; aisthetikós: “concerning sensory perception”) is in the strict sense (1) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and the fine arts, and in the broader sense (2) the science of sensory perception as a whole, particularly - especially in the 18th century - (3) the perception of artistic and natural …

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Laak, Lothar van, “Aesthetics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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