Aesthetic and Non‐Aesthetic

Frank Sibley

in Approach to Aesthetics

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198238997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598418 | DOI:
 Aesthetic and Non‐Aesthetic

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Sibley distinguishes aesthetic judgements, non-aesthetic judgements, and verdicts. Verdicts are purely evaluative, while the (initially intuitive) distinction between aesthetic and non-aesthetic judgements demarcates, barring expected borderline cases, the subject matter of aesthetics. Chapter 3 is concerned with illuminating this distinction, by outlining how aesthetic judgements are made, justified, and explained. Sibley further disentangles the various, conceptual and contingent, relations and dependences of aesthetic and non-aesthetic judgements, concluding that the truth of aesthetic judgements cannot be verified, confirmed, or supported mechanically or by appeal to rules.

Keywords: aesthetics; dependence; evaluation; Frank Sibley; judgement; rules; truth; verdict

Chapter.  9397 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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