Constructing Aesthetic Value: Responses to My Commentators

Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):100-111 (2017)
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This is a response to invited and submitted commentary on "The Pleasure of Art," published in Australasian Philosophical Reviews 1, 1 (2017). In it, I expand on my view of aesthetic pleasure, particularly how the distinction between facilitating pleasure and relief pleasure works. In response to critics who discerned and were uncomfortable with the aesthetic hedonism that they found in the work, I develop that aspect of my view. My position is that the aesthetic value of a work of art is its capacity to elicit from a suitably well-informed consumer a specific kind of pleasure.

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Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto, Mississauga


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