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The Aesthetic Value of the World

Tom Cochrane

Abstract

In this book, Tom Cochrane defends Aestheticism—the claim that everything is aesthetically valuable and that a life lived in pursuit of aesthetic value can be a particularly good one. Furthermore, in distilling aesthetic qualities, artists have a special role to play in teaching us to recognize values; a critical component of virtue. Cochrane grounds his account upon an analysis of aesthetic value as ‘objectified final value’, which is underwritten by an original psychological claim that all aesthetic values are distal versions of practical values. This is followed by systematic accounts of be ... More

Keywords: aesthetic value, aestheticism, values of art, beauty, sublimity, comedy, drama, tragedy, the good life, aesthetics and ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192848819
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192848819.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Cochrane, author
Lecturer in Philosophy, Flinders University