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Aesthetic Investigations
31 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • Ex Ante Allusions

    We tend to think of allusions as indirect references to objects that already exist. Here I argue against this post facto orthodoxy and for the view that certain cases of allusion count as ex ante allusions (i.e. allusions before the fact). I argue that the standard view conflates the epistemic dependence of allusion (knowledge of the object of allusion) with an existential dependence (the object must already exist). As an adequate account of allusion should explain both the apparent paradoxic...

    Double Life. Illusion - Disillusion

    In order to make my life and therefore my art more exciting I often imagine being someone else. While working on art projects, usually for several months, I have lived double lives as art historians and political scientists, but mostly as artists who should have been famous.To trick my audience into believing the fantasy figures I fabricate are real, I use circumstantial evidence. But with the help of that same audience, the double lives I live become far more interesting. It is their imagina...

    Aesthetics is the Philosophy of Our Wordless World

    Spaid, Sue (2015)
    For too long, philosophers have tried to force our world to comport to the ‘linguistic turn,’ made famous by Richard Rorty’s 1967 anthology of the same name. And as time marches on, we seem to have even fewer tools at our disposal to carve out alternative views, even though philosophers as varied as Gilbert Ryle and Maurice Merleau-Ponty once discerned our world quite differently. Aesthetics remains the philosophical field where language need not occupy center court. For this reason, Aestheti...

    The Aesthetic Experience of the Literary Artwork: A Matter of Form and Content?

    Ever since the introduction of aesthetics in philosophy, the literary arts have posed a challenge to common notions of aesthetic experience. In this paper, I will focus on the problems that arise when a formalist approach to aesthetics is confronted with literature. My main target is Peter Kivy's ‘essay in literary aesthetics’ Once-Told Tales, in which Kivy defends formalism and concludes from this approach that literature is a non-aesthetic art form. Contrary to Kivy, I will claim that we ha...

    In Defense of Genreblending

    Readers often only care about one distinction when it comes to things they read—is it fiction or nonfiction?  Did it happen or didn’t it?  Presumably, we make sense of events we believe happened in a different way than we make sense of the ones that we don’t believe.  Deconstructionists often warn us about the hazards that occur with the strict binary thinking we tend to orient ourselves with.  When this binary is blurred, which it often is in many contemporary works of literature, readers be...
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