Download PDF by Jerrold Levinson: Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in Philosophy of Art

By Jerrold Levinson

ISBN-10: 0198767218

ISBN-13: 9780198767213

Jerrold Levinson, probably the most in demand philosophers of artwork at the present time, offers a brand new selection of essays, following on from his 4 prior collections, Music, artwork and Metaphysics (1990), The Pleasures of Aesthetics (1996), Contemplating Art (2006), and Musical Concerns (2015).

Aesthetic Pursuits particularly enhances Levinson's final quantity, Musical Concerns, through accumulating fresh essays no longer interested in tune, yet as a substitute concentrating on literature, movie, and visible paintings, whereas addressing problems with humour, good looks, and the sentiments. The essays in Aesthetic Pursuits, that are wide-ranging, will allure strongly to aestheticians, artwork fans, and philosophers alike.

The quantity includes seven formerly unpublished essays by way of Levinson, during which the writer significantly engages with awesome modern contributions to aesthetic theory.

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Content and character are supervenient on such structure, and appreciation of them, if properly aesthetic, involves awareness of that dependency. ” For an account along the same lines, but which deemphasizes the reflective element ascribed to aesthetic appreciation in the foregoing, see Budd 2008. Carroll 2005, p. 91. Carroll 2002, p. 163. , p. 149. Stecker 2005, p. 49. Carroll 2002, p. 149. , p. 163. Carroll 2005, p. 172. Carroll 2002, p. 72. So it will not be thought I am exaggerating the extent of Carroll’s fondness for this argument, here are two further instances of it: “what are we to make of unrewarding experiences of inept art, particularly those in which the percipients are focused on the traditional loci of aesthetic experience?

See Iseminger 2003, p. 106, for a suggestion along these lines. 2. A suggestion of this sort, in the spirit of Stolnitz 1960, is offered in Kemp 1999, though not ultimately endorsed. 3. Dickie 1964. 4. Carroll 2002, p. 149. 5. For discussion, see “Pleasure and the Value of Works of Art,” in Levinson 1996. 6. See Carroll 2005, p. 89. 7. See Levinson 1992. In Levinson 2008, a revision of Levinson 1992, I offer the following, more cautious formulation: “Pleasure in an object is aesthetic when it derives from apprehension of and reflection on the object’s individual character and content, both for itself and, at least in central cases, in relation to the structural base on which such character and content rest.

But one might readily accept that aesthetic experience necessarily involves some sort of affective or hedonic reaction to an object, and yet deny that such a reaction is necessarily positive. I would not disagree, which is why I propose that the positive character of aesthetic experience is best understood as a default, rather than a strictly necessary feature of such experience. For it seems that experiences of the disorderly, the ugly, and the disgusting are naturally conceived as kinds of aesthetic experience, if undesirable ones.

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