Engagement Account of Aesthetic Value

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 81 (1):91-93 (2023)
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Abstract

I propose an account of aesthetic value, where aesthetic value lies in the process of aesthetic engagement: in our activity of perceiving, guiding our attention, interpreting, and otherwise wrestling with aesthetic objects. It also includes our social activities of engagement: arguing with each other, writing criticism, making top-ten lists. (This is a short summary of a view developed in greater detail elsewhere.)

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C. Thi Nguyen
University of Utah

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