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Aesthetic reasons and the demands they (do not) make

Aesthetic reasons and the demands they (do not) make
Aesthetic reasons and the demands they (do not) make
What does the aesthetic ask of us? What claims do the aesthetic features of the objects and events in our environment make on us? My answer in this paper is: that depends. Aesthetic reasons can only justify feelings – they cannot demand them. A corollary of this is that there are no aesthetic obligations to feel, only permissions. However, I argue, aesthetic reasons can demand actions – they do not merely justify them. A corollary of this is that there are aesthetic obligations to act, not only permissions. So, I conclude, the aesthetic asks little of us as patients and much of as agents.
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel (2020) Aesthetic reasons and the demands they (do not) make. The Philosophical Quarterly, 0, 1-21, [pqaa045]. (doi:10.1093/pq/pqaa045).

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What does the aesthetic ask of us? What claims do the aesthetic features of the objects and events in our environment make on us? My answer in this paper is: that depends. Aesthetic reasons can only justify feelings – they cannot demand them. A corollary of this is that there are no aesthetic obligations to feel, only permissions. However, I argue, aesthetic reasons can demand actions – they do not merely justify them. A corollary of this is that there are aesthetic obligations to act, not only permissions. So, I conclude, the aesthetic asks little of us as patients and much of as agents.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 May 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 June 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 441032
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/441032
ISSN: 0031-8094
PURE UUID: 30cb697b-552e-4d66-bd34-db883508273d

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Date deposited: 28 May 2020 16:30
Last modified: 14 May 2022 04:01

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