Aesthetics is a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art. It is a branch of philosophy.

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Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. It is more scientifically defined as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. More broadly, scholars in the field define aesthetics as 'critical reflection on art, culture and nature.' The word aesthetic is derived from the Greek aisthetikos, meaning 'esthetic, sensitive, sentient', which in turn was derived from aisthanomai, meaning 'I perceive, feel, sense'. The term 'aesthetics' was appropriated and coined with new meaning in the German form Aesthetik by Alexander Baumgarten in 1735.

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