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Responding to Aesthetic Reasons
Responding to Aesthetic Reasons

Author(s): Andrew McGonigal
Subject(s): Aesthetics
Published by: Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: aesthetic judgement;rationality;aesthetic reasons;aesthetic value;

Summary/Abstract: What makes a certain consideration an aesthetic reason rather than a reason of some other kind? Is it a solely a matter of the kind of attitude or activity that the reason supports? How fundamental or structural are such reasons? Do they contrast in a natural way with epistemic or practical reasons? Is skilled aesthetic achievement, whether interpretative or creative, a matter of recognizing the aesthetic reasons we have for a given response, and correctly according with such reasons? In this paper, I offer a preliminary discussion of these topics. I argue that our account of aesthetic reasons should respect the fact that they play an important regulative role, over and above directly supporting aesthetic response. Such a role allows aesthetic reasons to moderate a wide range of practical and epistemic activities, but not by adding or substituting distinctively aesthetic ends or purposes for such activities. I then go on to argue against the view that skilled aesthetic achievement consists in correct recognition of and accord with aesthetic reasons, adapting a recent argument of Timothy Williamson’s.

  • Issue Year: LIV/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-64
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English