Aesthetics and the Looks of Things

Frank Sibley

in Approach to Aesthetics

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198238997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598418 | DOI:
 Aesthetics and the Looks of Things

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‘Aesthetics and the Looks of Things’ examines the view that aesthetic vision is justifiably juxtaposed to ordinary vision and that a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for the former is that it is concerned always, if not only, with an object’s ‘appearing so-and-so’ rather than ‘being so-and-so’. Sibley first clarifies how such a view can be understood. He then broadens the debate beyond looks to include sounds, tastes, feels, smells, and so forth. Sibley finally argues that only a certain family of such appearances can be admired for themselves or serve as ultimate goods for aesthetic admiration. The tentative characterisation of the latter is that they are vitally involved in human experience.

Keywords: admiration; aesthetics; appearance; experience; feels; Frank Sibley; sounds; taste

Chapter.  4840 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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