Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 113 (1pt1):83-100 (2013)

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Angela Breitenbach
Cambridge University
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Can aesthetic judgements legitimately be linked to the success of scientific theories? I suggest that a satisfactory answer to this question should account for the persistent attraction that aesthetic considerations seem to have for scientists, while also explaining the apparent instability of the link between the beauty of a theory and its truth. I argue that two widespread tendencies in the literature, Pythagorean and subjectivist approaches, have difficulties meeting this twofold challenge. I propose a Kantian conception of aesthetic judgements as second‐order considerations, related to our own intellectual capacities for making sense of the world, and argue that it fares better.
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