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Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception$
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Bence Nanay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658442.001.0001

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Aesthetically Relevant Properties

Aesthetically Relevant Properties

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Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

Bence Nanay

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of ‘aesthetically relevant properties’—properties that are such that attending to them makes an aesthetic difference—and argues that it is a more useful concept for a number of debates in aesthetics than that of ‘aesthetic properties’. The aim then is to encourage a turn from the concept of ‘aesthetic properties’—properties like being beautiful and being graceful—towards that of ‘aesthetically relevant properties’. A detailed case study of how this could be done is given in a specific debate about whether aesthetic properties are perceived—one of the most important debates about aesthetic properties. It is pointed out that while there is no principled way of answering this question about aesthetic properties, if we shift this debate to be about aesthetically relevant properties, we can make real progress in understanding the relation between perception and the domain of aesthetics

Keywords:   aesthetic properties, aesthetically relevant properties, attention, beauty, perception, perceptually represented properties

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