Thought experiments in aesthetics

Paisley Nathan LIVINGSTON, Carl Mikael PETTERSSON

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Abstract

In the burgeoning literature on thought experiments, examples are drawn from almost all areas of philosophy, one exception, however, being aesthetics. There are good reasons why this is so: there are very few interesting theory-oriented thought experiments in aesthetics, which is unsurprising since there are few well-developed theories to test in this field. After evaluating some aesthetic thought experiments in light of some general epistemic questions regarding thought experiments, we argue that theory-centred thought experiments are not the only kinds of thought experiments, and that the practical and productive thought experiments that are prevalent in aesthetics are also worthy of some attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Applied Philosophy
EditorsKasper LIPPERT-RASMUSSEN, Kimberley BROWNLEE, David COADY
Place of PublicationChichester, UK
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Chapter35
Pages501-513
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781118869130
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Borges
  • Goodman
  • Pierre Menard
  • Savile
  • Walton
  • aesthetics
  • artworks
  • imagination
  • thought experiments

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