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Jane Forsey
University of Winnipeg
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This paper provides a critical assessment of two diverse methodological approaches in the contemporary movement of Everyday Aesthetics. The “weak formulation” asserts that ordinary objects are best understood on the model of fine art. I counter this claim with a distinction between aesthetic and artistic value. The “strong formulation” develops an ethical-existential theory of the everyday as one of belonging and familiarity which nevertheless causes us to lose what is uniquely aesthetic about our ordinary lives. I strive to find a middle ground that contextualizes the aesthetic within human activities, concerns and judgements
Keywords Everyday Aesthetics  Artistic Value  Aesthetic Value
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DOI 10.13128/Aisthesis-14608
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