On Aesthetics

1
All art is aesthetic.

1.1
The denial or negation of the aesthetic is itself an aesthetic decision.

1.2
All art is presented, displayed, recounted or documented in some way: a process that involves aesthetic decisions.

2
Aesthetics is not an addition: something added on to content.

2.1
Aesthetics is not an adornment to conceptual thinking, a surface or exterior appended to thought.

2.1.1
We do not think separately from our senses.

2.1.2
Aesthetics is integral to thought.

2.1.3
Both our experience of the world and construction of the world are mediated by aesthetics.

2.2
Aesthetics is not inevitably allied to distraction, forgetting and trivialization.

2.2.1
Fascism used aesthetics for its own ends, as it did many things.

2.2.2
It is not as though we have a choice between aesthetics and politics.

2.2.3
Just as all aesthetics is politicized, all politics is aestheticized.

3
Aesthetics is not a separate discipline or area of study.

3.1
Aesthetics is part of everyday life.

3.2
The divisions of society run through aesthetic experience as they run through everything else.

4
Aesthetics is social not individual.

4.1
Like language, a particular aesthetic is both instrumental in the forming of a group and itself formed by a particular group.

4.2
Beauty is determined by social structures and forms of life.

5.
All life is aesthetic.