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Is perception the canonical route to aesthetic judgement?

Robson, Jonathan

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It is commonplace amongst philosophers of art to make claims which postulate important links between aesthetics and perception. In this paper, I focus on one such claim: that perception is the canonical route to aesthetic judgement. I consider a range of prima facie plausible interpretations of this claim and argue that they each fail to identify any important link between aesthetic judgement and perception. Given this, I conclude that we have good reason to be sceptical of the claim that perception is in any way privileged as a source of aesthetic judgement.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2017
Online Publication Date May 3, 2018
Publication Date Oct 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 4, 2019
Journal Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Print ISSN 0004-8402
Electronic ISSN 1471-6828
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Issue 4
Pages 657-668
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australasian Journal of Philosophy on 3 may 2018, available online:


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