The aesthetic

Authored by: James Shelley

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  April  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782869
eBook ISBN: 9780203813034
Adobe ISBN: 9781136697142


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Introduced into the philosophical lexicon during the eighteenth century, the term aesthetic has come to apply to a variety of items, including judgments, attitudes, experiences, qualities, objects and values. These items — and any others that belong on the list — make up the aesthetic. Though philosophical questions particular to each of these items have arisen, this chapter will address the general question of what makes any of them aesthetic.

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