Aesthetic Agency: Why Art Might Matter to Philosophy
I hate the fact that I have to call for phenomenological description when I turn to philosophical topics. I am the principle object of my anger since I have insufficient skill at philosophical argument, but some capacity to describe states of mind. Yet there seems to me an intellectual justification for thinking such description may play a useful role in philosophy at a time when the major figures in the philosophy of mind are embarked on reductionist programs. So I hope here to deploy the one undeniable power of description—the power to embarrass by soliciting agreement about complex features of situations that emerge when we indulge in patient acts of attention.