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Title: The vindication of aesthetic empiricism
Author: Dowling, Christopher Michael
ISNI:       0000 0001 3431 2641
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2007
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'This doctoral thesis is an examination, and vindication, of a position that has been identified with the expression 'aesthetic empiricism' and typically captured by the claim that 'what is aesthetically valuable in a painting can be detected merely by looking at it - features that cannot be so detected are not properly aesthetic ones' (Currie, 1989). Such a position continues to be a focus for contemporary discussion (e.g., Davies, 2004, 2006, and Graham, 2006), yet it is far from clear precisely what it entails or even who subscribes to it. All that seems to have been agreed is that aesthetic empiricism is false, demonstrably so in the light of Walton's claims in 'Categories of Art' (1970), and Danto's work on indiscernibles (1981). The lack of theoretical clarity would suffice to motivate a closer look at aesthetic empiricism; however, the more specific target of this thesis is· to show that the received treatment is mistaken - aesthetic empiricism, once clearly identified, can be seen to be both intuitive and beguiling. It earns our philosophical consideration by providing a formidable accoiint ofthe aesthetic and also a valuable contribution to our understanding of art criticism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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