Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Dominic McIver Lopes

When:
11 February 2015 @ 16:15 – 18:00
2015-02-11T16:15:00+00:00
2015-02-11T18:00:00+00:00
Where:
Room 3.11
Dugald Stewart Building
The University of Edinburgh, 3 Charles Street Lane, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8 9AD
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
A.Hazlett

Speaker: Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia)
Title: “Aesthetic Agency and Value”

Abstract: “A theory of aesthetic value should explain the performance of aesthetic experts, for aesthetic experts are agents whose acts track aesthetic value. Aesthetic empiricism, the theory that an item’s aesthetic value is its power to yield aesthetic pleasure, suggests that aesthetic experts are best at locating aesthetic pleasure, especially given aesthetic internalism, the view that aesthetic reasons always have motivating force. Problems with empiricism and internalism open the door to an alternative. Aesthetic experts perform a range of actions not aimed at pleasure. Yet their reasons for acting are aesthetic. Since aesthetic values figure in aesthetic reasons, we can read a non-empiricist theory of aesthetic value off aesthetic experts’ reasons for acting.”

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