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Admiration, appreciation, and aesthetic worth

Admiration, appreciation, and aesthetic worth
Admiration, appreciation, and aesthetic worth
What is aesthetic appreciation? In this paper, I approach this question in an indirection fashion. First, I introduce the Kantian notion of moral worthy action and an influential analysis of it. Next, I generalize that analysis from the moral to the aesthetic domain, and from actions to affects. Aesthetic appreciation, I suggest, consists in an aesthetically worthy affective response. After unpacking the proposal, I show that it has non-trivial implications while cohering with a number of existing insights concerning the nature of appreciation and the constraints it is subject to. In closing, I note some limitations on the analogy between aesthetic appreciation and morally worthy action.
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel (2021) Admiration, appreciation, and aesthetic worth. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. (In Press)

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What is aesthetic appreciation? In this paper, I approach this question in an indirection fashion. First, I introduce the Kantian notion of moral worthy action and an influential analysis of it. Next, I generalize that analysis from the moral to the aesthetic domain, and from actions to affects. Aesthetic appreciation, I suggest, consists in an aesthetically worthy affective response. After unpacking the proposal, I show that it has non-trivial implications while cohering with a number of existing insights concerning the nature of appreciation and the constraints it is subject to. In closing, I note some limitations on the analogy between aesthetic appreciation and morally worthy action.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 September 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 451552
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451552
ISSN: 0004-8402
PURE UUID: 988b957a-ddaa-4401-9273-7d2a7958342c

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Date deposited: 07 Oct 2021 16:31
Last modified: 12 Dec 2021 15:51

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