Constructing Aesthetic Value: Responses to My Commentators

Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):100-111 (2017)

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Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto at Mississauga
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This is a response to invited and submitted commentary on "The Pleasure of Art," published in Australasian Philosophical Reviews 1, 1 (2017). In it, I expand on my view of aesthetic pleasure, particularly how the distinction between facilitating pleasure and relief pleasure works. In response to critics who discerned and were uncomfortable with the aesthetic hedonism that they found in the work, I develop that aspect of my view. My position is that the aesthetic value of a work of art is its capacity to elicit from a suitably well-informed consumer a specific kind of pleasure.
Keywords pleasure  aesthetic value  hedonism  aesthetic pleasure  pleasure learning
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DOI 10.1080/24740500.2017.1287035
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The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution.Mara Miller - 2009 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 67 (3):333-336.
Play, Skill, and the Origins of Perceptual Art.Mohan Matthen - 2015 - British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (2):173-197.
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