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By Frank Sibley

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ISBN-13: 9780191519499

ISBN-10: 0198238991

ISBN-13: 9780198238997

A whole selection of Frank Sibley's articles on philosophical aesthetics, this quantity contains 5, notable, hitherto unpublished papers written in Sibley's later years. It addresses many subject matters, between them the character of aesthetic features as opposed to non-aesthetic features, the relation of aesthetic description to aesthetic overview, different degrees of evaluate, and the objectivity of aesthetic judgement. The later papers represent either an important improvement of Sibley's person method of aesthetics, resembling his dialogue of the excellence among attributive and predicative makes use of of adjectives and of the cultured value of tastes and scents, a subject Sibley thought of to be a lot missed.

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By Frank Sibley

ISBN-10: 0191519499

ISBN-13: 9780191519499

ISBN-10: 0198238991

ISBN-13: 9780198238997

A whole selection of Frank Sibley's articles on philosophical aesthetics, this quantity contains 5, notable, hitherto unpublished papers written in Sibley's later years. It addresses many subject matters, between them the character of aesthetic features as opposed to non-aesthetic features, the relation of aesthetic description to aesthetic overview, different degrees of evaluate, and the objectivity of aesthetic judgement. The later papers represent either an important improvement of Sibley's person method of aesthetics, resembling his dialogue of the excellence among attributive and predicative makes use of of adjectives and of the cultured value of tastes and scents, a subject Sibley thought of to be a lot missed.

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Truly we often do not notice how the letters in a newspaper look. But if asked to describe how they look, we are being asked whether they are long or short, round or oval, straight or slanting. Failing to notice their appearance is failing to notice what their features, colours, shapes are. Appearance in sense (1) simply consists of the visible features (features 26 Aesthetics and the Looks of Things that appear or show) which a thing actually has. It is the sense (or part of it, see below) in which we praise, or the police issue a description of, a person's appearance.

We do not want or need to replace them by words which lack the metaphorical element. In using them to describe works of art, the very point is that we are noticing aesthetic qualities related to their literal or common meanings. If we possessed a quite different word from 'dynamic', one we could use to point out an aesthetic quality unrelated to the common meaning of 'dynamic*, it could not be used to describe that quality which 'dynamic' does serve to point out. Hampshire pictures 'a colony of aesthetes, disengaged from practical needs and manipulations' and says that 'descriptions of aesthetic qualities, which for us are metaphorical, might seem to them to have an altogether literal and familiar sense'; they might use 'a more directly descriptive vocabulary'.

20 Aesthetic Concepts These are the methods appropriate to these various concepts. But the ways we get someone to see aesthetic qualities are different; they are of the kind I have described. With each kind of concept we can describe what we do and how we do it. But the methods suited to these other concepts will not do for aesthetic ones, or vice versa. We cannot prove by argument or by assembling a sufficiency of conditions that something is graceful; but this is no more puzzling than our inability to prove, by using the methods, metaphors, and gestures of the art critic, that it will be mate in ten moves.

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