Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that deals with beauty.
Cyril Stanley Smith writes, "Paradoxically man's capacity for aesthetic enjoyment may have been his most practical characteristic, for it is at the root of his discovery of the world about him, and it makes him want to live." The cuteness of children is an aesthetic quality that prompts people to care for them.
- Smith, Cyril Stanley. Art, Technology, and Science: Notes on Their Historical Interaction.