Aesthetic properties 1 - Derek Matravers

Matravers, Derek and Levinson, Jerrold (2005). Aesthetic properties 1 - Derek Matravers. Supplementary Volume - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 79(1) pp. 191–210.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0309-7013.2005.00132.x

Abstract

Jerrold Levinson maintains that he is a realist about aesthetic properties. This paper considers his positive arguments for such a view. An argument from Roger Scruton, that aesthetic realism would entail the absurd claim that many aesthetic predicates were ambiguous, is also considered and it is argued that Levinson is in no worse position with respect to this argument than anyone else. However, Levinson cannot account for the phenomenon of aesthetic autonomy: namely, that we cannot be put in a position to make an aesthetic judgement by testimony alone. Finally, Levinson's views on the ontology of aesthetic properties are considered and found wanting.

Viewing alternatives

Metrics

Public Attention

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Number of Citations

Citations from Dimensions

Item Actions

Export

Recommendations