British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (1):20-28 (2008)

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Stephanie Ross
University of Missouri, St. Louis
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This paper attempts a rational reconstruction of the Humean notion of an ideal critic. Claiming that the traits of practice and comparison can only arise through the gradual accumulation of experience, I argue that Humean critics are real, not ideal. After discussing the nature of perfection and the relation of delicacy to the other Human traits, I propose two supplements to Hume's list: imaginative fluency and emotional responsiveness. I close by examining a trio of challenges to my view and supporting a mitigated aesthetic nonrealism.
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