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ERIC Number: EJ874036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Reflections on Beardsley's "Aesthetics: Problems in the Philosophy of Criticism"
Crawford, Donald
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n1 p19-25 Spr 2010
Monroe Beardsley's "Aesthetics" was published the year the author was a junior philosophy major at the University of California, Berkeley, and by the end of that academic year, the author had completed semester courses in the history of ancient as well as modern philosophy, logic, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. The requirements remaining for him in philosophy in his senior year were a course in either epistemology or metaphysics, plus five elective philosophy courses. He had fairly developed interests in literature, especially poetry, classical music, film, and the visual arts, so it seemed natural for him to select a course in aesthetics as one of his remaining electives. Beardsley's text was the first clear defense of "aesthetics as a distinctive "philosophical" inquiry", and he distinguished philosophical aesthetics both from psychological aesthetics and from art criticism in the narrower, nonphilosophical sense. The author found this encouraging--aesthetics as a genuine field of philosophy--even though he was still puzzled by Beardsley's claim that "philosophical" aesthetics "deals with questions about the meaning and truth of critical statements." This article presents the author's reflections on Beardsley's "Aesthetics." (Contains 12 notes.)
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Language: English
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