• A Rose by Any Other Name

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Arts, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic theory, perceptual experience, aesthetic appreciation, aesthetic experience, aesthetic value
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JZ48
    Abstract:
    A consideration on how aesthetic inquiry can take a clearer and more productive direction, beginning with the name of the discipline. I commented earlier on the historical origin of aesthetics and used this as a springboard to argue for its greater breadth. Yet aesthetics has often been used to restrict appreciative experience and, in fact, the term itself may be a liability. But what we label aesthetic is not significant: appreciative experience is. Aesthetic theory is easily caught up in secondary, unproductive, and even possibly false issues, such as the definition of art, the boundaries of art, and the proper designation of beauty. It is in avoiding this danger that this essay receives its title. What is important, I want to argue, is not what we call beautiful or designate as art but where we find the kind of value experiences traditionally associated with appreciating beauty, natural and artistic, and how we can enhance and develop such experiences. However, this also requires recognizing the converse of these values in the loss, the negation, the desecration of this mode of experience.
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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