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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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Tastes, Smells, and Aesthetics

Tastes, Smells, and Aesthetics

(p.207) 15 Tastes, Smells, and Aesthetics
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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Tackles the neglected question of whether tastes and smells can be objects of aesthetic interest, appreciation, satisfaction, and value. Bypassing the question of whether the objects of tasting and smelling are works of art, Sibley states that it is not the case that tastes and smells are wholly excluded from the realm of the aesthetic, that is to say, that they do not necessarily lack those features that would make them eligible in such a way that aesthetic judgements or descriptions of them are possible. Sibley offers a variety of considerations in favour of the view that tastes and smells meet some of the demands we typically impose on objects if viewed in the context of aesthetic evaluation. Since, furthermore, no suitable candidate presents itself to serve as a criterion of demarcating the aesthetic and the sensuous, and since, consequently, these domains have to be understood as merging along a continuum, the diverse intersections between the two permit of some aesthetic evaluation of the sensuous.

Keywords:   aesthetics, evaluation, Frank Sibley, judgements, sensuous, smells, tastes, value

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