Further exploration of anti-realist intuitions about aesthetic judgment

Andow, James (2022) Further exploration of anti-realist intuitions about aesthetic judgment. Philosophical Psychology, 35 (5). pp. 621-661. ISSN 0951-5089

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Abstract

Experimental philosophy of aesthetics has explored to what extent ordinary people are committed to aesthetic realism. Extant work has focused on attitudes to normativism – a key commitment of realist positions in aesthetics – the claim that aesthetic judgments/statements have correctness conditions, invariant between subjects, such that there is a fact of the matter in cases of aesthetic disagreement. The emerging picture is that ordinary people strongly and almost universally reject normativism and thus there is no strong realist tendency in ordinary people’s thinking about the aesthetic. This has been taken to dissolve the traditional puzzle in aesthetics of how to best account for the fact that (a) aesthetic judgments seem intersubjectively valid, while (b) aesthetic experience seems subjective. This paper presents studies which further enrich our understanding of ordinary thinking about the aesthetic: ordinary thinking about the aesthetic may not be so vehement in its rejection of normativism; and where previous results suggested that, in many cultures, the dominant trend is to reject correctness conditions for aesthetic judgments, the current results suggest participants think aesthetic judgments have correctness conditions (albeit perhaps very finely relativised to specific circumstances of judgment).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aesthetics,experimental aesthetics,experimental philosophy,expressivism,intuitions,normativism,realism,relativism,philosophy,applied psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1211
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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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2021 01:41
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 00:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82548
DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2021.2014440

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