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Approach to AestheticsCollected Papers on Philosophical Aesthetics$
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Frank Sibley, John Benson, Betty Redfern, and Jeremy Roxbee Cox

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238991.001.0001

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Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces, and Fields of Litter

Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces, and Fields of Litter

(p.176) 13 Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces, and Fields of Litter
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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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

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