Philosophy Compass 12 (2):e12396 (2017)

Silvia Jonas
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
This essay provides an overview of the ways in which contemporary philosophers have tried to make sense of ineffability as encountered in aesthetic contexts. Section 1 sets up the problem of aesthetic ineffability by putting it into historical perspective. Section 2 specifies the kinds of questions that may be raised with regard to aesthetic ineffability, as well as the kinds of answer each one of those questions would require. Section 3 investigates arguments that seek to locate aesthetic ineffability within the object of aesthetic experiences, i.e. within aesthetic content. Section 4 discusses arguments that seek to locate aesthetic ineffability within the subject of aesthetic experience.
Keywords aesthetics  ineffability  art  aesthetic experience  inexpressible  aesthetic content
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12396
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