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Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Aesthetic Agency and Value

The Scottish Aesthetics Forum, supported by the BSA and SPA, proudly presents its inaugural public lecture:

Professor Dominic McIver Lopes: “Aesthetic Agency and Value”
Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 4:15-6pm
University of Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11

“A theory of aesthetic value should explain the performance of aesthetic experts, for aes-thetic experts are agents whose acts track aesthetic value. Aesthetic empiricism, the theory that an item’s aesthetic value is its power to yield aesthetic pleasure, suggests that aesthetic experts are best at locating aesthetic pleasure, especially given aesthetic internalism, the view that aesthetic reasons always have motivating force. Problems with empiricism and internalism open the door to an alternative. Aesthetic experts perform a range of actions not aimed at pleasure. Yet their reasons for acting are aesthetic. Since aesthetic values figure in aesthetic reasons, we can read a non-empiricist theory of aes-thetic value off aesthetic experts’ reasons for acting.”

+ Workshop on Prof. Lopes’ latest book Beyond Art (OUP, 2014), 11 February, 2:15-3:15pm, Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11.

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