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Unmasking the truth beneath the beauty : why the supposed aesthetic judgements made in science may not be aesthetic at all.

Todd, Cain S. (2008) Unmasking the truth beneath the beauty : why the supposed aesthetic judgements made in science may not be aesthetic at all. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 22 (1). pp. 61-79. ISSN 0269-8595

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    Abstract

    In this paper I examine the status of putative aesthetic judgements in science and mathematics. I argue that if the judgements at issue are taken to be genuinely aesthetic they can be divided into two types, positing either a disjunction or connection between aesthetic and epistemic criteria in theory/proof assessment. I show that both types of claims face serious difficulties in explaining the purported role of aesthetic judgements in these areas. I claim that the best current explanation of this role, McAllister�s �aesthetic induction� model, fails to demonstrate that the judgements at issue are genuinely aesthetic. I argue that, in light of these considerations, there are strong reasons for suspecting that many, and perhaps all, of the supposedly aesthetic claims are not genuinely aesthetic at all but are in fact �masked� epistemic assessments.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 22 (1), 2008, © Informa Plc
    Uncontrolled Keywords: aesthetic judgement ; science ; mathematics ; truth ; beauty
    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: 778
    Deposited By: Dr Cain Todd
    Deposited On: 21 Nov 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:20
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/778

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