Keren Gorodeisky
Auburn University
While I welcome Mohan Matthen’s insistence that art is connected to aesthetic pleasure, I worry about his commitment to viewing pleasure as prior to, and constitutive of, the value of art. I raise my reservations by (i) dispelling his criticism of the reversed explanatory direction, and (ii) showing problems for his commitment. As an alternative, I offer an account of pleasure that explains it in terms of the independent value of art—an account that is free of the problems Matthen raises against this explanatory approach.
Keywords Art  Pleasure  Value
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2017
DOI 10.1080/24740500.2017.1296373
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

Critique of the Power of Judgment.Immanuel Kant - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
The Pleasure of Art.Mohan Matthen - 2017 - Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):6-28.
Good-for-Nothings.Susan Wolf - 2010 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 85 (2):47-64.
Comments on Mohan Matthen's ‘The Pleasure of Art’.Cynthia A. Freeland - 2017 - Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):29-39.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Pleasure of Art.Mohan Matthen - 2017 - Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):6-28.
Eye Candy.Mohan Matthen - 2014 - Aeon 5.
How to Explain Pleasure.M. Matthen - 2014 - British Journal of Aesthetics 54 (4):477-481.
The Two Facets of Pleasure.Laura Sizer - 2013 - Philosophical Topics 41 (1):215-236.
Play, Skill, and the Origins of Perceptual Art.Mohan Matthen - 2015 - British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (2):173-197.
Malicious Pleasure Evaluated: Is Pleasure an Unconditional Good?Irwin Goldstein - 2003 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (1):24–31.
Plato on Pleasure and Our Final End.Daniel Charles Russell - 2000 - Dissertation, The University of Arizona
Polymorphous Pleasures: A Study in Grace.Karmen Mackendrick - 1994 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
A New Look at Kant's Theory of Pleasure.Rachel Zuckert - 2002 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (3):239–252.
An Analysis of Pleasure Vis-a-Vis Pain.Murat Aydede - 2000 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (3):537-570.


Added to PP index

Total views
271 ( #36,768 of 2,461,871 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
43 ( #20,546 of 2,461,871 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes