Nick Zangwill

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article discusses several related issues about beauty. These are: the place of beauty among other aesthetic properties; the general principle of aesthetic supervenience; the problem of aesthetic relevance; the distinction between free and dependent beauty; the primacy of our appreciation of free beauty over our appreciation of dependent beauty; personal beauty as a species of beauty; and the metaphysics of beauty. In contemporary philosophy, beauty is often thought of as one among many aesthetic properties, albeit one with a special role.

Keywords: beauty; aesthetic properties; aesthetic supervenience; aesthetic relevance; dependent beauty; free beauty

Article.  8957 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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