I would like to acknowledge the University of Leeds for granting me a one-semester sabbatical in 2003 to help finish this book and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, for having me as a visiting professor during that period and the following summer. I had such a wonderful time there it was rather difficult to leave, for which I thank all I came to know. I originally published some material in this book in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy and Philosophy and Literature. I thank the editors of these journals for their permission to use it.
Aesthetics has always been my first love in philosophy, owing in no small part to Andrew Harrison, an inspirational teacher of mine whilst at Bristol. Berys Gaut, my PhD supervisor an age ago at St Andrews, helped to sharpen up my enthusiasm. In addition there are many people over the last few years whose interest and comments have helped prompt my thought in these matters. I am grateful to them all, and in particular to Darren Brierton,