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Art and EmbodimentFrom Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244973.001.0001

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The Aesthetic Domain

The Aesthetic Domain

A Logical Geography

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Art and Embodiment

Paul Crowther

Oxford University Press

This chapter is primarily an exercise in conceptual analysis that seeks to map out the boundaries of the aesthetic domain. The chapter is organized as follows. Section I clarifies one common strand in aesthetic responses by defining and elaborating the notion of formal qualities. Section II links the appreciation of such qualities to the idea of disinterestedness — understood in a logical sense, rather than its customary psychological one. It then clarifies the scope and diversity of the aesthetic domain. Finally, Section III defends the idea of the aesthetic against objections broached by Marshall Cohen and George Dickie.

Keywords:   aesthetics, aesthetic domain, formal qualities, disinterestedness, Marshall Cohen, George Dickie

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