Aesthetic Supervenience vs. Aesthetic Grounding

Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 49 (2):166–178 (2012)
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The claim that the having of aesthetic properties supervenes on the having of non-aesthetic properties has been widely discussed and, in various ways, defended. In this paper, I will show that even if it is sometimes true that a supervenience relation holds between aesthetic properties and the 'subvenient' non-aesthetic ones, it is not the interesting relation in the neighbourhood. As we shall see, a richer, asymmetric and irreflexive relation is required, and I shall defend the claim that the more-and-more-popular relation of grounding does a much better job than supervenience.

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Jiri Benovsky
University of Fribourg


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