Normativity, Agency, and Value: A View from Aesthetics

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 102 (1):232-242 (2021)
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Being for Beauty has two ambitions. It makes a case that the network theory of aesthetic value has enough going for it to be taken seriously in philosophical aesthetics, and in work on practical values and reasons more generally. In addition, by illustrating how much room we have to maneuver outside the bounds of aesthetic hedonism, the book invites work on alternative approaches. James Shelley, Julia Driver, and Samantha Matherne take up the invitation with such aplomb that one might declare success on the second ambition and merely comment on how their proposals might be further developed. Nevertheless, since its explanatory power is precisely what gives us room to maneuver, what follows also sticks up for the network theory.



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The concept of the aesthetic.James Shelley - 2017 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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