Reflections on a sofa-bed: functional beauty and looking fit

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Abstract

This paper argues for two conclusions about functional beauty, as this notion has been understood by Parsons and Carlson in a recent book by the same name. First of all, it is argued that functional beauty either is not a distinct kind of beauty or that the members of this kind are not all and only instances of the property of looking fit. Second, it is argued that functional beauty is relative only to categories corresponding to essential functions. The second conclusion contradicts what Parsons and Carlson write about functional beauty, but the first conclusion does not, since they agree that looking fit is not necessary for functional beauty. However, their agreement on this point is based on reasons that can be shown to be mistaken. Moreover, contrary to what Parsons and Carlson claim, looking fit can also be shown to be insufficient for functional beauty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESA Proceedings
EditorsAlessandro BERTINETTO, Fabian DORSCH, Cain TODD
PublisherThe European Society For Aesthetics
Pages62-77
Number of pages16
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventESA Conference 2010 : Culture and the Making of Worlds - Bocconi University, Udine, Italy
Duration: 7 Oct 20109 Oct 2010

Conference

ConferenceESA Conference 2010 : Culture and the Making of Worlds
CountryItaly
CityUdine
Period7/10/109/10/10

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    DE CLERCQ, R. E. P. (2010). Reflections on a sofa-bed: functional beauty and looking fit. In A. BERTINETTO, F. DORSCH, & C. TODD (Eds.), ESA Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 62-77). The European Society For Aesthetics. http://proceedings.eurosa.org/2/declercq2010.pdf