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The Aesthetic Experience

Matravers, Derek (2003). The Aesthetic Experience. British Journal of Aesthetics, 43(2) pp. 158–174.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjaesthetics/43.2.158
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Abstract

This paper joins recent attempts to defend a notion of aesthetic experience. It argues that phenomenological facts and facts about aesthetic value support the Kantian notion that aesthetic experience lies between, but differs from, pleasures of the agreeable and pleasures stemming from cognitions. It then shows that accounts by Beardsley, Levinson, and Savile fail to resolve clear tensions that surface in attempting to characterize such an experience. An account of aesthetic experience—as involving experienced cognitions that are the bearers of value—is presented. The paper ends on a sceptical note as to whether aesthetic experience can be clearly delimited.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1468-2842
Extra Information: Replied to by Paul Guyer, BJA, 43, 4 (Oct 2003)
Keywords: Aesthetic Experience; Art
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Philosophy
Item ID: 3774
Depositing User: Derek Matravers
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2014 13:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3774
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