A Semantic Solution to the Problem with Aesthetic Testimony

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalActa Analytica
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date27 Sep 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Aesthetics
  • Testimony
  • Intuitions
  • Relativism
  • Contextualism
  • Truth

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