Aesthetic Autonomy

  • Inês Morais


This chapter concerns the claim, commonly invoked against realism, that since aesthetic judgements must be made based on first-hand acquaintance with the object judged, the properties attributed in aesthetic judgements cannot be construed in a realist manner since, if they were real, their content could be transmitted via testimony. Some realists respond to this challenge by denying that aesthetic judgements require first-hand acquaintance. I defend the other option, claiming that the requirement of first-hand acquaintance is compatible with realism.


Aesthetic autonomy First-hand acquaintance Testimony 

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  • Inês Morais
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  1. 1.Croston, LancashireUK

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