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Art, Mind, and NarrativeThemes from the Work of Peter Goldie$
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Julian Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769736.001.0001

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In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

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Art, Mind, and Narrative

Dominic McIver Lopes

Oxford University Press

A core tenet of contemporary philosophy is that aesthetic properties are primarily represented in experiences. This tenet generates a puzzle if aesthetic properties need not be represented in perceptual experiences, and aesthetic properties of literary works and works of conceptual art would seem not to be represented in perceptual experiences. For this reason, some weaken the tenet to say that aesthetic properties are represented in experiences. Then the question arises what is an experience if not a perceptual state? Fred Dretske’s distinction between analogue and digital representation can be used to develop a broad conception of a kind of state that is an experience but that need not be perceptual. Aesthetic properties are primarily represented in states so conceived.

Keywords:   Keywords beauty, aesthetic, experience, perception, literature, conceptual art, analogue

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