Toward a Communitarian Theory of Aesthetic Value

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 80 (1):16-30 (2022)
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Abstract

Our paradigms of aesthetic value condition the philosophical questions we pose and hope to answer about it. Theories of aesthetic value are typically individualistic, in the sense that the paradigms they are designed to capture, and the questions to which they are offered as answers, center the individual’s engagement with aesthetic value. Here I offer some considerations that suggest that such individualism is a mistake and sketch a communitarian way of posing and answering questions about the nature of aesthetic value.

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Nick Riggle
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