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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 and Non‐Aesthetic

Aesthetic and Non‐Aesthetic

(p.33) 3 Aesthetic and Non‐Aesthetic
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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Sibley distinguishes aesthetic judgements, non-aesthetic judgements, and verdicts. Verdicts are purely evaluative, while the (initially intuitive) distinction between aesthetic and non-aesthetic judgements demarcates, barring expected borderline cases, the subject matter of aesthetics. Chapter 3 is concerned with illuminating this distinction, by outlining how aesthetic judgements are made, justified, and explained. Sibley further disentangles the various, conceptual and contingent, relations and dependences of aesthetic and non-aesthetic judgements, concluding that the truth of aesthetic judgements cannot be verified, confirmed, or supported mechanically or by appeal to rules.

Keywords:   aesthetics, dependence, evaluation, Frank Sibley, judgement, rules, truth, verdict

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