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A semantic solution to the problem with aesthetic testimony

Andow, J. (2015) A semantic solution to the problem with aesthetic testimony. Acta Analytica, 30 (2). pp. 211-218. ISSN 0353-5150

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s12136-014-0238-4

Abstract/Summary

There is something peculiar about aesthetic testimony. It seems more difficult to gain knowledge of aesthetic properties based solely upon testimony than it is in the case of other types of property. In this paper, I argue that we can provide an adequate explanation at the level of the semantics of aesthetic language, without defending any substantive thesis in epistemology or about aesthetic value/judgement. If aesthetic predicates are given a non-invariantist semantics, we can explain the supposed peculiar difficulty with aesthetic testimony.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:42078
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aesthetics; Testimony; Intuitions; Relativism; Contextualism; Truth
Publisher:Springerlink

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