Tales of the ineffable: crafting concepts in aesthetic experience

Philosophical Studies 161 (1):153-162 (2012)
Abstract
Lehrer has argued that in having an aesthetic experience of an art work we come to have ineffable knowledge of what the art object is like. This knowledge is made possible by our ability to conceptualize the art object by means of a process Lehrer calls, "exemplarization", that involves using an experience to craft a general representation of that very experience. I suggest that exemplar concepts function as vehicles of ineffable representation only if they have two features: (i) they are directly referential concepts; and (ii) they are what I call, "lucid concepts."
Keywords Art  Knowledge  Ineffability  Concepts  Reference  Exemplarization
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J. Tolliver (2010). Revelations: On What is Manifest in Visual Experience. In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O.’Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (eds.), Knowledge and Skepticism. Mit Press. 181--201.
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