Aesthetic terms, metaphor and the nature of aesthetic properties

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Abstract

In this paper I begin by arguing that aesthetic terms cannot be used as metaphors and I end by arguing that the concept of an aesthetic property is analyzable in nonaesthetic terms. The beginning and the end of the paper are connected by a complex reasoning that can be summarized as follows: aesthetic terms cannot be used metaphorically because their applicability is never restricted to a particular category of objects (Section I); if the applicability of aesthetic terms is never restricted to a particular category of objects then a fortiori it is never restricted to a category of nonvisual objects; if the applicability of aesthetic terms is never restricted to a category of nonvisual objects, then all aesthetic terms are applicable to visual objects (Section II); if all aesthetic terms are applicable to visual objects, then all aesthetic properties can be exemplified by such objects; finally, if all aesthetic properties can be exemplified by visual objects, then for the purpose of analyzing the concept of an aesthetic property it suffices to analyze the concept of a visual aesthetic property (Section III).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Aesthetic terms, metaphor and the nature of aesthetic properties. / DE CLERCQ, Rafael.

In: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 63, No. 1, 01.01.2005, p. 27-32.

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