A Semantic Solution to the Problem with Aesthetic Testimony

Andow, James (2015) A Semantic Solution to the Problem with Aesthetic Testimony. Acta Analytica, 30 (2). pp. 211-218. ISSN 0353-5150

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Abstract

There is something peculiar about aesthetic testimony. It seems more difficult to gain knowledge of aesthetic properties based solely upon testimony than it is in the case of other types of property. In this paper, I argue that we can provide an adequate explanation at the level of the semantics of aesthetic language, without defending any substantive thesis in epistemology or about aesthetic value/judgement. If aesthetic predicates are given a non-invariantist semantics, we can explain the supposed peculiar difficulty with aesthetic testimony.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aesthetics,testimony,intuitions,relativism,contextualism,truth
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65999
DOI: 10.1007/s12136-014-0238-4

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