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ERIC Number: EJ790077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
A Virtue Theory of Aesthetics
Woodruff, David M.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v35 n3 p23-36 Fall 2001
Recent work examining and expanding traditional accounts of a virtue has been used as the foundation for a virtue-based approach to epistemology. A similar approach to aesthetics yields some striking features, which coincide with contemporary philosophical concerns about the nature and definition of art. Those writing on virtue-based epistemology have offered epistemic theories based on intellectual virtues, defining knowledge from the nature of such virtues. This basic program can be applied to aesthetics so that art is defined using a virtue theory of aesthetics. In this essay, the author proposes and examines the nature and structure of one such theory. He argues that an approach to aesthetics, which defines art according to aesthetic virtues, would have characteristics that fit well with the value and interests one has about art. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Language: English
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