The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its next lecture:
Dr Panos Paris (York)
“Functional Beauty: A Revised Proposal”
Thursday, 16 May, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Dugald Stewart Building, 3.10 Peter Ladefoged Room
University of Edinburgh
The lecture is free and open to all!
Abstract: “I offer a set of sufficient conditions for beauty, drawing on Parsons and Carlson’s account of ‘functional beauty.’ First, I argue that Parsons and Carlson’s account falls short of adequately delivering on its promise of bringing comprehensiveness and unity to aesthetics, whilst facing a range of counterexamples. Instead, I propose, the account should be modified so as to state that if an object is well-formed for its function(s) and pleases competent judges insofar as it is thus experienced, then it is beautiful. I argue that this version of functional beauty offers greater informativeness, comprehensiveness and unity–accounting for, inter alia, talk of mathematical, literary, and moral beauty. Before concluding, I address a number of objections by way of demonstrating that my proposal survives reflective scrutiny.”
About the speaker: Panos is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York and one of the founders of the Scottish Aesthetics Forum. He works primarily in both aesthetics and ethics as well as their intersection, and has recently founded the Aesthetics and Ethics Research Group with Adriana Clavel-Vázquez and Nils-Hennes Stear. His recent publications include “Moral Beauty and Education,” “The ‘Moralism’ in Immoralism,” “On Form, and the Possibility of Moral Beauty,” “The Empirical Case for Moral Beauty,” and “The Deformity-Related Conception of Ugliness.”
Additional information: The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our speaker. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the organisers by 12 May.
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