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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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Originality and Value

Originality and Value

(p.119) 9 Originality and Value
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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Raises the question of whether there is, as is often proposed, an intricate relation between the originality of a work of art and its aesthetic merit or value. Sibley follows Beardsley in asserting that originality, in a non-evaluative sense that concerns merely difference, has no bearing on value. He is explicit, however, about the need to distinguish between different uses of ‘original’ in order to reveal the ambiguities underlying the apparent disagreements of commentators with regard to the importance of originality.

Keywords:   aesthetics, Beardsley, evaluation, Frank Sibley, originality, value

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