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Contemplating ArtEssays in Aesthetics$
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Jerrold Levinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.001.0001

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What are Aesthetic Properties?

What are Aesthetic Properties?

(p.336) 20 What are Aesthetic Properties?
Contemplating Art

Jerrold Levinson (Contributor Webpage)

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This essay presents a defence of aesthetic realism, focusing on the issue of how properties in general and aesthetic properties in particular should be conceived. It is proposed that at least paradigm cases of the latter are to be understood ashigher-order perceptual ways of appearing. In the course of developing this proposal, the vexed issue of whether or not aesthetic properties areresponse-dependent, or such that they cannot be conceived or analyzed except in terms of kinds of responses in relevant perceivers is addressed. It is suggested that there is a spectrum, among properties usually thought of as aesthetic, from ones that are clearly response-dependent to ones that are clearly non-response-dependent, with many gradations in-between.

Keywords:   aesthetic realism, perception, appearing, response-dependent

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