Aesthetic Testimony and Aesthetic Concepts


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I propose a new account of the limits of aesthetic testimony. One of this new account’s main claims is that, among the kinds of aesthetic cognitive achievements, it is useful to distinguish aesthetic understanding. In particular, I suggest that the aesthetic understanding of X involves an understanding of why X is aesthetically valuable. In turn, aesthetic understanding is essentially connected to the deployment of aesthetic concepts. Given the fine-grained structure of some of these concepts, certain forms of testimony are not adequate to acquire them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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  • acquaintance principle
  • aesthetic concepts
  • aesthetic judgments
  • aesthetic testimony
  • aesthetic understanding


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