Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (1-2):111-120 (2013)

David Sackris
Arapahoe Community College
Kendall Walton’s “Categories of Art” seeks to situate aesthetic properties contextually. As such, certain knowledge is required to fully appreciate the aesthetic properties of a work, and without that knowledge the ‘correct’ or ‘true’ aesthetic properties of a work cannot be appreciated. The aim of this paper is to show that the way Walton conceives of his categories and art categorization is difficult to square with certain kinds of aesthetic experience—kinds of experience that seems to defy this claim of category-dependence for aesthetic properties. The argument will be advanced for category-free aesthetic experience by considering Barry C. Smith’s account of wine-tasting and his description of his wine drinking ‘epiphany’.
Keywords Walton  wine  aesthetic property
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DOI 10.1007/s10790-013-9374-0
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Categories of Art.Kendall L. Walton - 1970 - Philosophical Review 79 (3):334-367.

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