Functional beauty, perception, and aesthetic judgements

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The concept of functional beauty is analysed in terms of the role played by beliefs, in particular expectations, in our perceptions. After finding various theories of functional beauty unsatisfying, I introduce a novel approach which explains how aesthetic judgements on a variety of different kinds of functional objects (chairs, buildings, cars, etc.) can be grounded in perceptions influenced by beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Aesthetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013


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