A note on the aesthetics of mirror reversal

Philosophical Studies 132 (3):553 - 563 (2007)
According to Roy Sorensen [Philosophical Studies 100 (2000) 175–191] an object cannot differ aesthetically from its mirror image. On his view, mirror-reversing an object – changing its left/right orientation – cannot bring about any aesthetic change. However, in arguing for this thesis Sorensen assumes that aesthetic properties supervene on intrinsic properties alone. This is a highly controversial assumption and nothing is offered in its support. Moreover, a plausible weakening of the assumption does not improve the argument. Finally, Sorensen’s second argument is shown to be formally flawed. As a result, the case for the aesthetic irrelevancy of orientation seems still open.
Keywords aesthetic properties  enantiomorphism  incongruent counterparts  mirror reversal
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-005-4543-z
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