General Criteria and Reasons in Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

in Approach to Aesthetics

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198238997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598418 | DOI:
 General Criteria and Reasons in Aesthetics

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Discusses Beardsley’s ‘generalist’ view that in criticism there can be and are general reasons for aesthetic judgement, a view that Sibley shares. Sibley defends this generalist position by exposing the ‘extreme and heroic’ nature of Beardsley’s view, which he subsequently demonstrates to be unnecessary to defeat the particularist. Sibley further argues that the nature of Beardsley’s position makes it inadequate to establish the deeper claim that the ultimate criteria of aesthetic merit can be isolated from ultimately negative aesthetic criteria, an assumption that some objections against the generalist position are based on.

Keywords: aesthetics; Beardsley; criteria; criticism; Frank Sibley; generalism; judgement; particularism

Chapter.  7914 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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