Authors
Ryan P. Doran
Cambridge University
Abstract
I offer the first sustained defence of the claim that ugliness is constituted by the disposition to disgust. I advance three main lines of argument in support of this thesis. First, ugliness and disgustingness tend to lie in the same kinds of things and properties (the argument from ostensions). Second, the thesis is better placed than all existing accounts to accommodate the following facts: ugliness is narrowly and systematically distributed in a heterogenous set of things, ugliness is sometimes enjoyed, and ugliness sits opposed to beauty across a neutral midpoint (the argument from proposed intensions). And third, ugliness and disgustingness function in the same way in both giving rise to representations of contamination (the argument from the law of contagion). In making these arguments, I show why prominent objections to the thesis do not succeed, cast light on some of the artistic functions of ugliness, and, in addition, demonstrate why a dispositional account of disgustingness is correct, and present a novel problem for warrant-based accounts of disgustingness (the ‘too many reasons’ problem).
Keywords Ugliness  Beauty  Uncanniness  Disgust  Response Dependence  Emotion-Linked Evaluative Properties  Aesthetic Properties  Thick Properties  Paradox of Negative Affect  Wrong-Reasons Problem  Disinterest
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Treatise of Human Nature.David Hume & A. D. Lindsay - 1958 - Philosophical Quarterly 8 (33):379-380.
Art as Experience.John Dewey - 1934 - G. Allen & Unwin.
Critique of the Power of Judgment.Immanuel Kant - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
Alief and Belief.Tamar Szabó Gendler - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy 105 (10):634-663.

View all 97 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Thick and Perceptual Moral Beauty.Ryan P. Doran - 2022 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
Aesthetic Animism.Ryan P. Doran - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies.
Sullying Sights.Ryan P. Doran - 2022 - Philosophical Psychology 35 (2):177-204.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Aesthetic Disgust?Jenefer Robinson - 2014 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 75:51-84.
Kant on the Possibility of Ugliness.Alix Cohen - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):199-209.
Facing the Ugly Face.Erika Goble - 2011 - Phenomenology and Practice 5 (2):6-19.
Against Aesthetic/Sensory Dependence.Jiri Benovsky - 2016 - Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 25 (51).
Moral Beauty, Inside and Out.Ryan P. Doran - 2021 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 99 (2):396-414.
The Structure of Aesthetic Properties.Rafael De Clercq - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (5):894-909.
Response-Dependence of Concepts Is Not for Properties.Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir - 2008 - American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (4):377 - 386.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-07-09

Total views
232 ( #47,425 of 2,499,678 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
109 ( #6,361 of 2,499,678 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes