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  1. Acquired Taste.Kevin Melchionne - 2007 - Contemporary Aesthetics.
    Acquired taste is an integral part of the cultivation of taste. In this essay, I identify acquired taste as a form of intentional belief acquisition or adaptive preference formation, distinguishing it from ordinary or discovered taste. This account of acquired taste allows for the role of self-deception in the development of taste. I discuss the value of acquired taste in the overall development of taste as well as the ways that an over-reliance on acquired taste can distort overall taste.
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    Aesthetic Choice.Kevin Melchionne - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics:ayx019.
    Our lives are filled with aesthetic choices, that is, choices of objects for aesthetic experience. Choice is crucial to having a fulfilling aesthetic life. Our immediate satisfaction and long term flourishing require the ability to generate rewarding aesthetic opportunities. A good aesthetic life is one of good aesthetic choices. Given the centrality of choice to a good aesthetic life, aesthetic theory is in need of an account of choice. However, aesthetic choice has gone unexamined. This paper considers how choice helps (...)
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  3. A New Problem for Aesthetics.Kevin Melchionne - 2011 - Contemporary Aesthetics 9.
    The essay introduces the problem of aesthetic unreliability, the variety of ways in which it is difficult to grasp our aesthetic experience and the consequent confusion and unreliability of what we take as our taste.
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  4. Why Artists Starve.Kevin Melchionne - 2007 - Philosophy and Literature 31 (1):142-148.
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    Living in Glass Houses: Domesticity, Interior Decoration, and Environmental Aesthetics.Kevin Melchionne - 1998 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (2):191-200.
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    On the Old Saw “I Know Nothing About Art but I Know What I Like".Kevin Melchionne - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (2):131-141.
    The theory of taste faces a neglected epistemological problem. The cultivation of taste is functionally dependent upon self-knowledge of aesthetic satisfaction and its causes, in other words, knowing what we like and why. However, reservations about the reliability of our knowledge of our responses, commonplace in social psychology and the philosophy of mind, pose serious obstacles to the theory of taste. I argue for a weak fallibilism with respect to introspective beliefs about aesthetic experience. I call for a naturalistic approach (...)
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    Leddy, Thomas. The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2012, 275 Pp., $32.95 Paper. [REVIEW]Kevin Melchionne - 2013 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (3):296-298.
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  8. Re-Thinking Site-Specificity in Public Art: Some Critical and Philosophical Problems.Kevin Melchionne - 1998 - In Donald Kuspit (ed.), Art Criticism. pp. 36-49.
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    Of Bookworms and Busybees: Cultural Theory in the Age of Do-It-Yourselfing.Kevin Melchionne - 1999 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (2):247-255.
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    Collecting as an Art.Kevin Melchionne - 1999 - Philosophy and Literature 23 (1):148-156.
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    The Definition of Everyday Aesthetics.'.Kevin Melchionne - 2013 - Contemporary Aesthetics 11.
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    Book Review: Collecting: An Unruly Passion: Psychological Perspectives. [REVIEW]Kevin Melchionne - 1996 - Philosophy and Literature 20 (2):524-526.
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  13. Art and Well-Being.Kevin Melchionne - forthcoming - Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics.
    Art is commonly thought to promote well-being. Aestheticians, however, have not considered how art plays this role. Over the past quarter century, there has been considerable research in positive psychology, the empirical study of subjective well-being. This research has resulted in robust findings on the factors promoting well-being. In this paper, I consider the findings for SWB in contemporary psychology in order to identify how art supports well-being. I also explore the implications of SWB theory for aesthetic theory and arts (...)
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  14. Artistic Dropouts.Kevin Melchionne - 1998 - In Carolyn Korsmeyer (ed.), Aesthetics: The Big Questions.
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  15. Cultivation: Art and Aesthetics in Everyday Life.Kevin Melchionne - 1995 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Cultivation: Art and Aesthetics in Everyday Life is an inquiry into everyday practices with an aesthetic dimension such as collecting, walking and domestic life. I examine the implications of a critical engagement with these practices for philosophical aesthetics and cultural studies. Traditional aesthetic theory has been informed by a fine arts model of creativity and aesthetic experience and, thus, has not adequately treated everyday aesthetic life. The rapidly expanding field of contemporary cultural studies, on the other hand, has been marked (...)
     
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  16. Front Yards.Kevin Melchionne - 2002 - In Arnold Berleant (ed.), The Environment and the Arts. Ashgate Press.
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  17. Norms of Cultivation.Kevin Melchionne - 2015 - Contemporary Aesthetics 13.
    In this paper I identify a new group of aesthetic norms, which I call norms of cultivation. Judgments of taste are often accompanied by forecasts or expectations about future aesthetic satisfaction. When we find something beautiful, we expect to find it beautiful in the future. Forecasting is at play in all sorts of aesthetically motivated behavior. Yet psychologists have observed an unreliability in such forecasts. As a result of forecasting error, what we take as our taste can be an unreliable (...)
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