Philosophical Issues 26 (1):297-313 (2016)

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Jennifer J. Matey
Southern Methodist University
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Studies show that people we judge to have good character we also evaluate to be more attractive. I argue that in these cases, evaluative perceptual experiences represent morally admirable people as having positive (often intrinsic) value. Learning about a person's positive moral attributes often leads us to feel positive esteem for them. These feelings of positive esteem can come to partly constitute perceptual experiences. Such perceptual experiences evaluate the subject in an aesthetic way and seem to attribute aesthetic qualities like 'beauty' to the object of perception. Moreover, these aesthetic qualities like 'beauty' represent the perceived to have various kinds of value.
Keywords perception  content of perception  high-level contents  evaluative perception  aesthetics
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DOI 10.1111/phis.12083
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