The Beauty in Perfect Imperfection

Journal of Medical Humanities 40 (3):389-394 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Modern technologies sanction a new plasticity of physical form. However, the increasing global popularity of aesthetic procedures produces normative beauty ideals in terms of perfection and symmetry. These conditions limit the semblance of freedom by people to control their own bodies. Cultural emancipation may come from principles in Eastern philosophy. These reveal beauty in authenticity, including imperfection. Wabi-sabi acclaims beauty in common irregularity, while kintsugi celebrates beauty in visible signs of repair, like scars. These principles resist pressure to medicalize dissatisfaction with healthy bodies and invite multi-sited interventions to educate taste and aesthetic choices.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 93,296

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Aesthetics of Wabi-Sabi: Beautiful Imperfection.Leni Garcia - 2015 - Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (Philippine e-journal) 16 (1):1-18.
The Relation between the ideal of beauty and dependent beauty in Kant's philosophy.Javad Amin & Ali - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations 9 (16):43-60.
Personal Beauty and Personal Agency.Madeline Martin-Seaver - 2023 - Philosophy Compass 18 (12):e12953.
On Beauty. Plotinus - unknown - Phainomena 72.
What makes bodies beautiful.Anton Leist - 2003 - Leist, Anton . What Makes Bodies Beautiful. Journal of Philosophy and Medicine, 28:187-219.


Added to PP

33 (#500,650)

6 months
4 (#862,833)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?