高友工先生的"美典" (aesthetics )之說法，在Concise Oxford Dictionary 有類似說明，然而網路上的oxford dictionaries，卻只有"美學"之說法https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/aesthetics。
Aesthetics (//; also spelled æsthetics and esthetics also known in Greek as Αισθητική, or "Aisthētiké") 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." In modern English, the term aesthetic can also refer to a set of principles underlying the works of a particular art movement or theory: one speaks for example of the Cubist aesthetic.
The word aesthetic is derived from the Greek αἰσθητικός (aisthetikos, meaning "esthetic, sensitive, sentient, pertaining to sense perception"), which in turn was derived from αἰσθάνομαι (aisthanomai, meaning "I perceive, feel, sense"). The term "aesthetics" was appropriated and coined with new meaning by the German philosopher Alexander Baumgarten in his dissertation Mediationes philosophicae de nonnullis ad poema pertinentibus ("Philosophical considerations of some matters pertaining the poem") in 1735, even though his later definition in the fragment Aesthetica (1750) is more often referred to as the first definition of modern aesthetics.
FULCRUM: an annual of poetry and aesthetics
Marcel Proust playing air guitar on a tennis racket. /// Only at FULCRUM: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.
A violin, called the Vieuxtemps and made by the 18th-century Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, fetched over $16m when it was sold to an anonymous buyer in a private deal last year. This makes it the most expensive violin ever sold. Despite the recent economic downturn, instrument prices have continued to rise at remarkable rates http://econ.st/1htLg6T
Reviewed by STEVEN HELLERA survey of new art and design books, from the work of Will Burtin to a history of type design and a primer on the Californian aesthetic.
1 relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty:
The new building has little aesthetic value/appeal.
2 describes an object or a work of art that shows great beauty:
furniture which is both aesthetic and functional
aesthetics, US ALSO esthetics
the formal study of art, especially in relation to the idea of beauty
I like objects to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
aesthete, US ALSO esthete
a person who understands and enjoys beauty:
The ugliness of the city would make an aesthete like you shudder.