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Objectivity and Aesthetics

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/10.1093/0198238991.003.0006
 Objectivity and Aesthetics

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Concerned with the objectivity of aesthetic descriptions. The approach is schematic: starting from certain paradigms of properties and retaining certain similarities, Sibley adds differences of kind and degree which results in concepts less rigid than those paradigms and closely akin to aesthetic properties. He then poses the question of why these concepts should not be said to concern objective matters. Sibley argues that if we are justified in believing that in actual practice we do manage to give aesthetic terms a partial but not unsuccessful run as property terms, we will not need to abandon all claims to objectivity.

Keywords: aesthetics; descriptions; Frank Sibley; objectivity; properties

Chapter.  8348 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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