Explanations: Aesthetic and Scientific

Abstract
Methodologically, philosophical aesthetics is undergoing an evolution that takes it closer to the sciences. Taking this methodological convergence as the starting point, I argue for a pragmatist and pluralist view of aesthetic explanations. To bring concreteness to discussion, I focus on vindicating genre explanations, which are explanations of aesthetic phenomena that centrally cite a work's genre classification. I show that theoretical resources that philosophers of science have developed with attention to actual scientific practice and the special sciences can be used to make room for genre explanations in aesthetics. In turn, making room for genre explanations also demonstrates the plausibility of the pragmatist and pluralist view of aesthetic explanations.
Keywords scientific explanation  aesthetic explanation  genre  postmodern dance  horror
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DOI 10.1017/S135824611400023X
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A Defence of Experimental Philosophy in Aesthetics.Clotilde Torregrossa - forthcoming - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-23.

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