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Reasoned and Unreasoned Judgement: On Inference, Acquaintance and Aesthetic Normativity

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2017). Reasoned and Unreasoned Judgement: On Inference, Acquaintance and Aesthetic Normativity. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 57(1) pp. 1–17.

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Abstract

Aesthetic non-inferentialism is the widely-held thesis that aesthetic judgements either are identical to, or are made on the basis of, sensory states like perceptual experience and emotion. It is sometimes objected to on the basis that testimony is a legitimate source of such judgements. Less often is the view challenged on the grounds that one’s inferences can be a source of aesthetic judgements. This paper aims to do precisely that. According to the theory defended here, aesthetic judgements may be unreasoned, insofar as they are immediate judgements made on the basis of, and acquiring their justification from, causally prior sensory states. Yet they may also be reasoned, insofar as they may be the outputs of certain inferences. Crucially, a token aesthetic judgement may be unreasoned and reasoned, simultaneously. A key reason for allowing inference a serious role in aesthetic judgements emerges from reflection upon the nature of aesthetic expertise.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 British Society of Aesthetics
ISSN: 0007-0904
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 66752
Depositing User: Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 20:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66752
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