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Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces, and Fields of Litter

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/10.1093/0198238991.003.0013
 Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces, and Fields of Litter

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Summarises the argument of ch. 12 and applies its conclusion about adjectives in general to aesthetic adjectives like ‘beautiful’, ‘graceful’, ‘pretty’ or ‘elegant’. Sibley’s suggestion is that some aesthetic judgements are legitimately predicative, that is to say, some things can legitimately be judged, e.g. beautiful without ‘beautiful’ being used predicatively: one need not know what the things are because the nouns or concepts in question set no restrictive standards vis-à-vis beauty or beauty-giving properties. With nouns that do set standards incorporating notions of appropriateness, aesthetic judgements are attributive.

Keywords: adjectives; aesthetics; attributive; Frank Sibley; judgements; predicative

Chapter.  7298 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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