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Quasi-realism, acquaintance, and the normative claims of aesthetic judgement.

Todd, Cain Samuel (2004) Quasi-realism, acquaintance, and the normative claims of aesthetic judgement. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 44 (3). pp. 277-296.

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Abstract

My primary aim in this paper is to outline a quasi-realist theory of aesthetic judgement. Robert Hopkins has recently argued against the plausibility of this project because he claims that quasi-realism cannot explain a central component of any expressivist understanding of aesthetic judgements, namely their supposed ‘autonomy’. I argue against Hopkins’s claims by contending that Roger Scruton’s aesthetic attitude theory, centred on his account of the imagination, provides us with the means to develop a plausible quasi-realist account of aesthetic judgement. Finally, I respond to two recent attempts to discredit the validity of the notion of aesthetic autonomy. I claim that both fail adequately to address the underlying non-realist motivations and justifications for maintaining the principle.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Aesthetics
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 4048
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2008 14:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4048

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