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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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Particularity, Art, and Evaluation

Particularity, Art, and Evaluation

(p.88) 7 Particularity, Art, and Evaluation
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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Poses the question of whether there are criteria of aesthetic merit. Sibley argues that there are such criteria, in the sense that, if merit-terms are applicable to a thing, it has thereby some aesthetic merit. However, there are at best few criteria of merit in aesthetics, if that means that there are determinable descriptions of properties responsible for a merit-term being applicable, which can serve as criteria or justifications for the application of a merit-term. Sibley further argues that if there is a certain particularity about aesthetic assessment, it concerns the nature of and relation between the neutrally descriptive properties of a thing and its possession of aesthetic merit-qualities.

Keywords:   aesthetics, criteria, descriptions, Frank Sibley, merit, particularity, properties

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