The Riddle of aesthetic principles

Acta Analytica 19 (33):189-208 (2004)
The problem of aesthetic principles and that of the nature of aesthetic reasons get confronted. If aesthetic reasons play an important role in our aesthetic evaluations and judgments, then both some general aesthetic principles and rules could support them (aesthetic generalism) or again their nature may be particularistic (aesthetic particularism). A recent argument in support of aesthetic generalism as proposed by Oliver Conolly and Bashshar Haydar is presented and criticized for its misapprehension of particularism. Their position of irreversible aesthetic generalism is questioned. Aesthetic particularism is restated by the help of proposals by Jonathan Dancy’s version of moral particularism.
Keywords aesthetic principles  reasons  aesthetic generalism  aesthetic particularism  moral particularism  thick and thin properties
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-004-1018-3
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