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Aesthetic Supervenience versus Aesthetic Grounding
Aesthetic Supervenience versus Aesthetic Grounding

Author(s): Jiri Benovsky
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: aesthetic supervenience; supervenience; aesthetic judgement; ontology; work of art

Summary/Abstract: The claim that having aesthetic properties supervenes on having non-aesthetic properties has been widely discussed and, in various ways, defended. In this article, I aim to demonstrate that even if it is sometimes true that a supervenience relation holds between aesthetic properties and ‘subvenient’ non-aesthetic ones, it is not the interesting relation in the neighbourhood. As we shall see, a richer, asymmetric, and irreflexive relation is required, and I shall defend the claim that the increasingly popular relation of grounding does amuch better job than supervenience.

  • Issue Year: XLIX/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 166-178
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English