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Functional Beauty$
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Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205240.001.0001

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Function and Form

Function and Form

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Functional Beauty

Glenn Parsons (Contributor Webpage)

Allen Carlson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses some lingering concerns about the aesthetic status of fitness and other function-related aesthetic qualities. The issues are framed in the somewhat broader terms afforded by cognitively rich conceptions of aesthetic appreciation. In doing so, the problem is broken into two parts. First, the chapter outlines how, on a cognitively rich conception of aesthetic appreciation, knowledge of function can affect, or translate into, perceptual experience in general. It then describes how such conceptions can explain the translation of knowledge of function into the perceptual experience of aesthetic qualities.

Keywords:   knowledge, Functional Beauty, aesthetic quality, utility, dysfunction, fitness

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