David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (2):233-259 (1998)
Hutcheson on the I dea of B eauty PATRICIA M. MATTHEWS IN "POPPIES ON THE WHEAT," Helen Jackson compares the farmer's experience of "counting the bread and wine by autumn's gain" to the pleasure she feels on her observation of the same farm: A tropic tide of air with ebb and flow Bathes all the fields of wheat until they glow Like flashing seas of green, which toss and beat Around the vines? Although we may express ourselves less poetically, we have all had the experi- ence of being immediately pleased with some complex object: the dramatic view from a mountain peak, a series of movements in dance, a pretty face. In An Inquiry Concerning Beauty, Order, Harmony, Design, 2 Francis Hutcheson ar- gues that this common phenomenon is the key to understanding beauty.3 The kinds of pleasure heretofore recognized by modern philosophers have been limited to sensible pleasures immediately associated with simple sensations like taste and smells, and rational pleasures mediated by a process of reflection on the advantage that objects may bring us. This limited understanding of plea- sure misses the fact that we often take an immediate pleasure in complex objects that is not reducible to either of these two recognized kinds of plea- sure. Based on this insight, Hutcheson argues that beauty is immediately perceived by an internal sense, much in the way that we take an immediate pleasure in individual tastes or colors. Further, he..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Simon Grote (2006). Hutcheson's Divergence From Shaftesbury. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 4 (2):159-172.
Thomas Ahnert (2010). Francis Hutcheson and the Heathen Moralists. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (1):51-62.
Susan M. Purviance, Hutcheson's Aesthetic Realism and Moral Qualities. History of Intellectual Culture.
Medard T. Hilhorst (2002). Physical Beauty: Only Skin Deep? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (1):11-21.
Francis Hutcheson (1726). An Inquiry Into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. New York,Garland Pub..
Francis Hutcheson (1725). Francis Hutcheson: An Inquiry Concerning Beauty, Order, Harmony, Design. The Hague,Martinus Nijhoff.
Peter Kivy (1992). Hutcheson's Idea of Beauty: Simple or Complex? Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 50 (3):243-245.
Peter Kivy (2007). The Perception of Beauty in Hutcheson's First Inquiry: A Response To James Shelley. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (4):416-431.
Aaron Szymkowiak (2007). Hutcheson's Painless Imagination and the Problem of Moral Beauty. International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (3):349-368.
Roger Scruton (2009). Beauty. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #150,254 of 1,911,837 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #458,984 of 1,911,837 )
How can I increase my downloads?