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Aesthetic Concepts

Frank Sibley

in Approach to Aesthetics

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198238997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238991.003.0001
 Aesthetic Concepts

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Here, Frank Sibley illuminates what it is for a term or an expression to be an aesthetic term or expression, i.e. in his view, a term that is such that taste or perceptiveness is required in order to apply it. He emphasises the natural basis of responses of various kinds without which aesthetic terms could not be learned, such as similarities of various sorts, notable colours, shapes, scents, size, and intricacy. Such natural responses enable us not only to learn aesthetic terms often by a metaphorical shift, but are also used subsequently to evaluate and illuminate works of art. It is in this sense that critics reinforce the relation between aesthetic terms and their natural bases.

Keywords: aesthetics; colours; critic; Frank Sibley; intricacy; natural basis of aesthetic terms; perceptiveness; scent; shape; size; taste

Chapter.  12139 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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