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dc.contributor.authorMatthen, Mohan
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T19:31:45Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T19:31:45Z
dc.date.issued1/1/2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/3289
dc.description.abstractIn this essay, I’ll argue, first, that an art object's aesthetic value (or merit) depends not just on its intrinsic properties, but on the response it evokes from a consumer who shares the producer's cultural background. My question is: what is the role of culture in relation to this response? I offer a new account of aesthetic pleasure that answers this question. On this account, aesthetic pleasure is not just a “feeling” or “sensation” that results from engaging with a work of art. It is rather a mental state that facilitates engagement with an artwork, and (in the long run) enables a consumer to learn how to maximize this kind of pleasure. This is where culture comes in. If you belong to a culture, you know how to engage pleasurably with an artwork that is produced so you can engage with it in just this way. The aesthetic value of an artwork is that it plays into such a culture-pleasure nexus.
dc.subjectAesthetics
dc.subjectHedonism
dc.subjectArt
dc.subjectValue
dc.titleArt, Pleasure, Value: Reframing the Questions
dc.typearticle
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T19:31:45Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.source.peerreviewedTRUE
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitlePhilosophic Exchange
dc.contributor.organizationUniversity of Toronto
dc.languate.isoen_US


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    Philosophic Exchange is published by the Center for Philosophic Exchange, at the College at Brockport. The Center for Philosophic Exchange was founded by SUNY Chancellor Samuel Gould in 1969 to conduct a continuing program of philosophical inquiry, relating to both academic and public issues. Each year the Center hosts four speakers, and each speaker gives a public lecture that is intended for a general audience. These lectures are then published in this journal.

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