Alain de Botton’s Philosophy of Aesthetics

4 06 2010

I’m currently reading through Alain de Botton’s ‘The Architecture of Happiness’ (Yes, the book from “500 Days of Summer”…) and some of his simple conclusions are what have impacted me the most. ¬†He presents various¬†philosophical¬†conclusions from buildings we typically think of as “beautiful”. These various conclusions range from typical points such as ‘style’, ‘proportion’, and ‘cohesion’ to abstract, introspective perceptions such as ‘what is missing in our own lives?’ I must say it’s an interesting note, one I had never thought of before.

To explain further, close your eyes and imagine your ideal home.

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