How Beauty Moves

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


For centuries, it has been recognized that beauty can move. My aim in this paper is to understand how beauty moves. One suggestion is that beauty moves in a causal way, for example, by causing us to have certain feelings. Four objections to this suggestion are considered, but none is found convincing in the light of how causation tends to be understood. Moreover, it turns out that there is positive reason for thinking that beauty is causally efficacious, not just once it has been experienced, as John Hyman has suggested, but even in bringing about the experience on which all other effects of beauty depend.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophers' Imprint
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Mar 2024


  • Beauty
  • Causal Power
  • Naturalism


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