The Default Theory of Aesthetic Value

British Journal of Aesthetics:ayy044 (forthcoming)
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What makes aesthetic value aesthetic? What makes aesthetic value value? Suppose we call the first question the aesthetic question and the second the normative question. Strict perceptual formalism—the view according to which the aesthetic value of an object is value it has strictly in virtue of its visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, or olfactory properties is an answer to the aesthetic question. Hedonism—the view according to which the aesthetic value of an object is value it has in virtue of some pleasure it gives—is an answer to the normative question. If we combine answers, we arrive at a view according to which the aesthetic value of an object is the value it has in virtue of the pleasure it gives strictly in virtue of its perceptual properties. I refer to this view as the default theory of aesthetic value. Insofar as a theory of aesthetic value takes the default theory as its starting point, I refer to it as a version of the standard theory of aesthetic value. This paper does not argue that the default theory fails as a theory of aesthetic value. It argues that the default theory fails as a default theory—that the default theory is the wrong point from which to begin theorizing about aesthetic value. It argues, in other words, that standard theories of aesthetic value fail as theories of aesthetic value because they take the default theory as their point of departure.
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