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  • Beardsley, Monroe, 1958. Aesthetics, Indianapolis: Hackett.
    • An extraordinary work, staggering in scope, deploying the notion of the aesthetic. The target of Dickie's critique. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982. The Aesthetic Point of View, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
    • A selection of Beardsley's essays. (Scholar)
  • Blackburn, Simon, 1998. Ruling Passions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • A defense of expressivism, a modern version of Hume's sentimentalism. (Scholar)
  • Budd, Malcolm, 2001. “The Pure Judgement of Taste as an Aesthetic Reflective Judgement,” British Journal of Aesthetics, 41: 247–260.
    • Refreshingly less deferential than many writings on Kant. (Scholar)
  • Burke, Edmund, 1998. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Harmonsworth: Penguin.
    • A classic, although it is sometimes eccentric. (Scholar)
  • Burton, Stephan, 1992. “Thick Concepts Revised,” Analysis, 52: 28–32.
    • An insightful account of substantive aesthetic descriptions, and also of so-called “thick moral concepts”. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, Ted, 1973. “A Critique of Sibley's Position,” Theoria, 39: 113–152.
    • Argues that Sibley's account of what makes concepts aesthetic will not do. (Scholar)
  • Dickie, George, 1965. “Beardsley's Phantom Aesthetic Experience,” Journal of Philosophy, 62: 129–136.
    • Argues that Beardsley's account of aesthetic experience will not do. (Scholar)
  • Davidson, Donald, 1980. “Mental Events,” in Essays on Actions and Events, Blackwell: Oxford.
    • A classic paper in the philosophy of mind arguing for a version of materialism without strict laws relating the mental and the physical. (Scholar)
  • Fine, Kit, 1994. “Essence and Modality,” Philosophical Perspectives, 8: 1–16.
    • Distinguishes essence from modality; of general philosophical importance. (Scholar)
  • Hume, David, 1757. “Of the Standard of Taste,” page reference is to reprint in Essays: Moral, Political and Literary, Eugene Miller (ed.), Indianapolis: Liberty, 1985.
    • Hume's classic attempt to reconcile sentimentalism with normativity. (Scholar)
  • Kant, Immanuel, 1790. Critique of Judgment, page reference to trans. Meredith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1928.
    • Includes the idea that judgments of beauty and ugliness are subjectively universal, and much else. (Scholar)
  • Kivy, Peter, 1975. “What Makes ‘Aesthetic’ Terms Aesthetic?,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 36: 197–211.
    • Argues that Sibley's unitary notion of the aesthetic has no basis. Kivy also makes a positive suggestion. (Scholar)
  • Levinson, Jerrold, 2001. “Aesthetic Properties, Evaluative Force, and Differences of Sensibility,” Aesthetic Concepts: Essays After Sibley, E. Brady and J. Levinson (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Argues for some neutral substantive aesthetic properties. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2012. &ldsquo;Musical Beauty”, Teorema, 31(3): 127-135.
    • An nuanced examination of one notion of beauty. (Scholar)
  • Mothersill, Mary, 1984. Beauty Restored, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • An exploration of the notion of beauty, with some historical coverage. (Scholar)
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich, 1998. On the Geneology of Morals. Trans. Maudemarie Clarke and Alan J. Swensen. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.
    • Book 3, sections 1-6. An interesting, and not at all uncareful, critique of Kant's aesthetics. In this passage he is not concerned with Schopenhauer. (Scholar)
  • Scruton, Roger, 1974. Art and Imagination, London: Methuen.
    • A wide-ranging book, in which the role of imagination is highlighted. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1979. The Aesthetics of Architecture, London: Methuen.
    • A superb discussion of architecture, but also contains much material relevant to more central topics in aesthetics. (Scholar)
  • Sibley, Frank, 1959. “Aesthetic Concepts,” Philosophical Review, 68: 421–450; reprinted in Approach to Aesthetics, Clarendon: Oxford, 2001.
    • Sibley's classic paper, which makes the notion of the aesthetic central. The target of Cohen and Kivy's critiques. (Scholar)
  • Sibley, Frank, 1965. “Aesthetic and Nonaesthetic,” Philosophical Review, 74: 135–159; reprinted in Approach to Aesthetics, Clarendon: Oxford, 2001.
    • Explores the dependence of aesthetic features on nonaesthetic features. This paper was originally the second part of Sibley's paper “Aesthetic Concepts”. (Scholar)
  • Zangwill, Nick, 1995. “The Beautiful, the Dainty and the Dumpy,” British Journal of Aesthetics, 35: 317–329; reprinted slightly modified in The Metaphysics of Beauty, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.
    • Includes a statement and defense of the centrality of beauty and ugliness among other aesthetic concepts. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1999. “Feasible Aesthetic Formalism,” Noûs, 33: 610–629; reprinted in The Metaphysics of Beauty, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.
    • Argues for a “moderate” formalist view that allows that things can be “dependently beautiful,” in Kant's sense. (Scholar)
  • Zemach, Eddy, 1995. Real Beauty, University Park: Penn State Press.
    • Argues for an extreme realist view. (Scholar)

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