Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

THE JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 115, No. 3, March 2018

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

THE JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY: Vol. 115, No. 3, March 2018

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Aesthetic Rationality, KEREN GORODEISKY and ERIC MARCUS

The authors argue that the aesthetic domain falls inside the scope of rationality, but does so in its own way. Aesthetic judgment is a stance neither on whether a proposition is to be believed nor on whether an action is to be done, but on whether an object is to be appreciated. Aesthetic judgment is simply appreciation. Correlatively, reasons supporting theoretical, practical, and aesthetic judgments operate in fundamentally different ways. The irreducibility of the aesthetic domain is due to the fact that aesthetic judgment is a sensory-affective disclosure of, and responsiveness to, merit: it is a feeling that presents an object, and is responsive to it, as worthy of being liked. Aesthetic judgment is thus shown to be, on the one hand, first personal and nontransferable and, on the other hand, a presentation of reality. They thereby capture what is right in both subjectivist and objectivist conceptions of aesthetic judgment.

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